Morro Bay City Council fails to agree on city manager's severance package

Andrea Lueker
Andrea Lueker dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

The Morro Bay City Council could not reach an agreement Tuesday on a severance package for City Manager Andrea Lueker.

The council emerged from an hour and a half of closed-door deliberations and announced that it had given special counsel Steven Simas instruction to continue negotiations with Lueker.

No date for a new meeting to further deliberate the matter was announced. Also no additional details were disclosed about why the negotiations have not concluded.

The announcement was the latest development in a contentious process that began nearly three months ago when a three-person majority of the council moved to fire Lueker and former City Attorney Robert Schultz.

The council has already terminated Schultz, whose last day on the job was Nov. 15. It was announced Tuesday that Schultz had taken the job of town attorney for the Northern California city of Los Gatos.

No reason has been given for why a majority of the council wants to oust the pair. Lueker declined to comment Tuesday on her pending departure except to say she has no specific plans for when she eventually is terminated.

“I’ve got a few irons in the fire,” she said. “I’m keeping my options open.”

Schultz was given a severance package that included nine months of salary, all accrued vacation and holiday pay, and a limited amount of sick pay, all of which amounted to $163,265. Lueker’s employment contract calls for her to get a similar severance package.