City seeking city manager
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/08/2011 10:11:34 PM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council no longer has a permanent city manager to delegate items to, so members will discuss their options for hiring a new one at tonight’s meeting.

The council will meet in closed session to discuss replacing City Manager Robb Quincey, who was let go Wednesday.

Councilman Brendan Brandt said the council has several options.

“Well, first of all, it’s got to be put on the agenda, and then there needs to be a discussion as to which way the council wants – the majority wants – to go, whether to open up a search process or to have an open discussion regarding making the current interim city manager the city manager,” Brandt said.

Finance Director Stephen Dunn has been filling in for Quincey since he was placed on paid leave of absence on Jan. 4.

“I will go into that discussion with full and complete open mind, and I haven’t reached a conclusion either way,” Brandt said. “I expect to hear input from the community as to how we should proceed with that in an open and transparent manner.”

Councilman Gino L. Filippi said he will not preempt any decision that will be made by the council, but believes he knows what not to do by past errors.

“Before we decide on how to select the new city manager, I believe we need to consider a new contract and bring it in line with what is fair versus what was in my opinion was a totally unreasonable compensation,” Filippi said.

Quincey was fired for breaching an employment agreement and failing to follow specific council direction, City Attorney William Curley said.

Quincey cost the city more than $460,000 in salary and benefits.

Filippi suggested that city officials examine contracts in cities that are comparable to Upland.

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