Upland City Mayor Ray Musser, left, and councilman Gino Filippi leave the dais for a special closed session meeting about City Manager Robb Quincey Wednesday at Upland City Hall. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher Staff Photographer)

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/04/2011 07:35:08 PM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council on Wednesday unanimously voted to fire City Manager Robb Quincey.

After more than an hour and a half in closed session, the City Council released Quincey from his employment with the city based on “two prongs,” said City Attorney William Curley.

“One is based on breach of the employment agreement and the other are four cause circumstances of failure to follow specific council direction,” Curley said.

No other details on Quincey’s termination have been released except that the council’s action took effect immediately.

The City Council deferred all comment to Curley.

“We’ll be putting information together but right now it would be inappropriate to do it without careful thought,” Curley said.

Quincey has been on paid leave of absence Jan. 4.

The council had discussed Quincey’s employment in several closed session meetings leading up to Wednesday’s special meeting.

But a city municipal code had prevented them from terminating Quincey within 180 days of an election in which a new council member was elected. Councilman Gino L. Filippi was elected Nov. 2.

Quincey could only be terminated with cause if he is convicted of a crime or fails to follow City Council direction, according to his contract. He has not been charged with a crime.

A confidential memorandum sent to city officials in April from City Attorney William Curley outlined possible cause for Quincey’s termination.

The memo addressed Quincey’s settlement of a claim filed by an Upland police sergeant alleging he was passed over for a promotion because he had investigated a domestic dispute between Quincey and an ex-fiancee in July 2008.

According to the memo, Quincey received a copy of a draft tort claim in January 2010 from a police union attorney. The claim was to be filed if the city did not settle the dispute.

Quincey did not disclose the claim to the City Council, according to the memo.

He later settled the dispute, along with a complaint filed by Upland police officers, for $50,000.

The sergeant was promoted to lieutenant as part of the settlement.

The memo states that Quincey improperly settled the dispute as a professional services agreement and violated council command pursuant to resolution 4731.

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