Former AG city manager Steve Adams chosen by King City for same position

Steve Adams has been selected to be King City’s city manager.
Steve Adams has been selected to be King City’s city manager. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Steve Adams has been chosen to lead King City as its city manager, almost a year after his controversial departure from the same job in Arroyo Grande.

The City Council in King City unanimously selected Adams as its top administrator after “an extensive recruitment process” that included a statewide search, interviews, panels and a comprehensive background check, according to a King City news release. The council is expected to approve Adams’ employment contract and salary at its meeting Tuesday. If approved, Adams’ first day would be Nov. 9.

King City has a population of approximately 13,200, compared with Arroyo Grande’s 17,900.

Adams, a 14-year veteran of Arroyo Grande city governance, left the city amid controversy late last year over a July incident in which he was found alone at night in City Hall with a subordinate. An independent investigation concluded there was no misconduct, but public backlash prompted Adams to announce his resignation in November.

In January, Adams applied for and was granted a severance package of $71,073 — equal to about four months’ pay plus benefits — after claiming the city prematurely accepted his resignation, essentially firing him. He was also approved to receive up to six months salary from the city’s liability insurance carrier, according to a previous Tribune report.

Adams had received a base salary of $157,294 annually. King City officials said Friday that they would not release his salary there, prior to its approval on Tuesday.

Before working in Arroyo Grande, Adams served in executive positions with the cities of Glendale and Westlake Village. Adams has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cal Poly and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.