After months of internal debate, the Oxnard City Council has put its City Manager on paid administrative leave.
The council voted four to one last night, with one abstention, to take the controversial move involving Ed Sotelo. The Council released a statement saying the decision came after a four month long evaluation process, which involved nine meetings. The statement says it became apparent that the City Council and the City Manager had very different views of many core issues.
City Council members aren’t commenting on the decision, on the advice of the City Attorney.
Oxnard’s government has been under fire since the summer of 2010, when the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office raided city offices, and seized numerous documents and records. The DA’s office still hasn’t disclosed the nature of its search, or who exactly was being investigated.
Mayor Tom Holden has clashed with Sotelo, prompting the City Manager to file a harassment claim against the city official.
If the Council were to permanently remove Sotelo from his post, it would be a costly move, because he still has more than a year left on his current contract, which amounts to nearly $380,000 annually.