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Farewell Reception for John Davidson

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 1424 Mission St South Pasadena CA 91030  See map

A farewell reception will be held for City Manager John Davidson, who is leaving the City of South Pasadena after two and a half years to assume the position of City Manager in Irwindale, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2.

The event will be held at the Mayor’s Conference Room, located in the Amedee O. “Dick” Richards, Jr., Council Chambers, 1424 Mission Street prior to the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.  

Ron Rosen November 02, 2011 at 01:05 PM
Must be a relief to leave a job where you have a Council bullying you into things you know are wrong. See Dan Watson's article in the October 26 edition of the South Pasadena Review where he says that Davidson never supported the Sifuentes-Ten move to replace Watson with Joe Payne, and tried unsuccessfully to stop it.
Ron Rosen November 02, 2011 at 01:16 PM
From Watson's article, "City Manager John Davidson informed me on November 5, two days after Councilmembers Putnam and Cacciotti were reelected, that even though the Police Department was in good shape and I was doing a good job as Chief, my contract was not going to be renewed in December; he was going to do a “soft recruitment” for a new chief meaning that there wouldn’t be any advertising, just see “who was out there;” and I was encouraged to apply for the position I’d held for the past eight years. Mr. Davidson said that these actions were being made at the direction of a majority of the City Council and that he did not agree with them and had unsuccessfully argued on my behalf . This was a very mixed message and I quickly concluded that, based on the direction the City Manager had been given, the Council had someone else they wanted as Police Chief and that couldn’t happen until I was gone. Mr. Davidson also indicated that the direction he was given came out of closed sessions of the City Council and individual conversations, off-line, with some of them. I later learned that David Sifuentes was the architect of this plan and that Mike Ten was in full agreement. Dr. Schneider was strongly opposed and Philip Putnam and Michael Cacciotti were somewhere in the middle."
Ron Rosen November 02, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Watson quote continued, "At Mr. Davidson’s suggestion, I contacted each of the Councilmembers to find out what their concerns were so that I could attempt to correct them. Several mentioned that they believed that I was seeking another job. When I explained that I had no intention of leaving South Pasadena until I retired in a few years, Ten, Putnam, and Cacciotti said that satisfied their concerns. Schneider voiced his strong support. Only David Sifuentes failed to offer support, commenting that I “shouldn’t take it personally.” On the day after the next closed session following my conversations with each of the Councilmembers, I was given a direct order by the City Manager not to initiate any conversations about my status with the Council. This is because my phone calls had made some of them “uncomfortable.” I subsequently had conversations with Dr. Schneider, Mr. Putnam and Mr. Cacciotti that they initiated. They all expressed support for the job I’d done. I never spoke to Mr. Ten or Mr. Sifuentes again about my performance or their concerns. In fact, I never had a substantive conversation about the Police Department with Mr. Sifuentes during the three years he served on the Council while I was Police Chief." But Mike Ten tells us Dan Watson voluntarily retired... Art Salinas says that 4 of 5 Councilmen must know what they're doing... And Joe Payne tells us that "Sometimes the ends justify the means."
Tom November 02, 2011 at 02:50 PM
A farewell reception for an employee of only 2 1/2 yrs? What's that costing the city?

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