Morro Bay city manager, in statement, says she's proud of her work

nwilson@thetribunenews.comDecember 13, 2013 

Andrea Lueker

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Outgoing Morro Bay City Manager Andrea Lueker released a statement Friday saying she’s proud of the city’s accomplishments since she began her employment in Morro Bay nearly three decades ago.

And Lueker said she’s “extremely humbled by the outpouring of support I have received during the past few months.”

Lueker agreed to resign from the city as part of a separation agreement that was approved Thursday by the City Council. She has been placed on administrative leave until Jan. 3, when her employment ends.

Under the agreement, the city will pay Lueker a severance package totaling about $153,000, including salary, holiday, sick leave and vacation pay. She had served in several positions with the city since 1987, including city manager since 2007.

“I am proud of the accomplishments we have made together in providing new parks and open space, new buildings and enhanced infrastructure, facilities and programs,” Lueker said in the statement.

Susan Slayton, the city’s administrative services director, will take on the acting city manager role until an interim city manager is named. It was unclear Friday whether Slayton would receive a pay increase while temporarily handling city manager duties.

No reason has been given by the council for Lueker’s separation. A 3-2 council majority pushed to oust her.

Mayor Jamie Irons, one of the proponents of Lueker’s departure, said Thursday he felt like he was taking action that would move forward with “what’s best for the city.”

In her statement, Lueker credited Morro Bay’s staff for its contributions.

“During my time with the City, I have been blessed to be surrounded by high-caliber professionals, a similar group likely not found anywhere,” Lueker stated. “… I am sad to leave the City of Morro Bay, but excited about this new chapter in my life.”

Lueker said Friday in a telephone interview that she loves city management and will pursue work in a government position elsewhere, but she’s also considering work outside of the government realm.

“I’ll have to figure out what I want to do when I grow up,” Lueker said. “I started in parks (with Morro Bay). I love city management and am looking into some possibilities with that. We’ll see.”

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