Former Oceano General Manager Raffaele Montemurro will receive $12,408, equal to two months salary plus accrued vacation, according to a settlement agreement approved unanimously by the services district board Friday.
In return, Montemurro agreed not to file a lawsuit or claim against the district.
The board voted unanimously to dismiss Montemurro on May 31 but did not decide whether to dismiss him for good cause or not, said Molly Thurmond, the board’s attorney.
Thurmond said Friday “there was a lot of discussion” over that point. However, if the board had dismissed him for cause, it was “pretty clear” that legal action would have resulted, she said.
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“It is significantly less than a lawsuit,” Thurmond said in recommending the board approve the agreement. “It is a compromise, no doubt. You are giving up certain claims that you would want to pursue, and he gave up his right to sue for anything.”
The settlement amount is also less than the three months worth of base salary Montemurro’s contract stipulated he receive should he be dismissed without cause.
Montemurro was hired in October 2009 as the district’s fifth general manager in four years, including two interim managers. He earned $87,500 annually.
The board directed Thurmond to draft a letter to Montemurro asking him to stay away from the services district property, and from businesses or residences of past or former employees and board members.
Montemurro reportedly came to the district office twice Thursday, inquiring about his payment. He had signed the agreement June 1, which included a seven-day revocation period.
The district on Friday also instituted a policy in response to its staffing shortage that requests for public records must be put in writing. Staff will respond within 14 to 21 days and will charge administrative and copying fees, according to a note signed by board member Mary Lucey and taped to the front office counter.
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