A day after the Arroyo Grande Police Officers Association announced it had filed a formal complaint and taken votes of no confidence in the city’s mayor and city manager, the Arroyo Grande City Council scheduled a special meeting to be held Saturday.
The council will meet in closed session, according to a notice posted on the city’s website Friday. The topic is a performance evaluation of City Manager Steve Adams.
The council has met several times in closed session since a July 3 incident at City Hall involving City Manager Steve Adams and Community Development Director Teresa McClish.
Each time, the closed-session discussion has been described as a performance evaluation under Government Code section 54957.
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The incident started when McClish’s husband called police, worried because she hadn’t returned home after attending an event in the Village that evening.
Several Arroyo Grande police officers responded to City Hall about 11:30 p.m., and one of the officers told his supervisor that he was concerned about a possible violation of city policy because McClish appeared to be holding a shirt or article of clothing in front of her while she was in Adams’ office.
None of the officers’ statements reported seeing Adams or McClish in an intimate situation, nor did they report whether McClish was unclothed behind whatever article of clothing she was holding.
But the police union letter states that officers felt extremely uncomfortable at the scene of the incident “when they clearly saw Adams, their boss, engaging in inappropriate activity with a subordinate.”
Adams and McClish told the deputy city attorney that they had a few drinks at two restaurants in the Village and were talking in Adams' office to ensure they were safe to drive home.
The deputy attorney, Michael McMahon, interviewed the five officers who responded, as well as Adams and McClish, and determined that no city personnel regulations, contracts or laws had been violated.
In a letter written to the City Council on Wednesday, the police officers union asked for a “truly independent investigation by an entity with no ties whatsoever to our city, any member of city staff, or any other connection in any way to this situation.”
Saturday’s meeting starts at 1 p.m. in council chambers, 215 E. Branch St.