Former Oceano services district employee Cindy Winter has been asked to fill in as a temporary interim general manager for the water and sewer-focused agency, one of the district’s board members said today.
Oceano board member Rick Searcy said Winter, a former office manager, will oversee the district until the board selects an interim general manager.
Searcy said he believes the board will hire an interim general manager, but noted that he was speaking for himself, not for the entire five-member board. He did not know how much Winter would be compensated.
Winter said she started filling in at the district office at 9 a.m. today. She said board President Lori Angello called and asked her to help out, and she expects to work for the district for about a week. She said compensation had not been discussed.
Winter worked for the district for 26 years, retiring Sept. 30, 2009.
The board late Tuesday unanimously voted to dismiss General Manager Raffaele Montemurro, who was hired in October 2009.
Details of his dismissal were not disclosed Tuesday. The board could have found “good cause” to terminate Montemurro’s employment, which would not require a severance be paid.
If the board did not find good cause and immediately terminated Montemurro by written notice, the district would be required to pay him a cash payment equal to three months' base salary, or $21,875, according to his board-approved contract.
Searcy said he and Angello opened the district office today and explained the situation to the staff. He said he believed Montemurro had requested to pick up his personal items on Friday.
“Everything seems to be working fine,” Searcy said. “I feel the district is moving forward and will get what it needs to get to make informed decisions. I think the audits will be done now.”