Colton-seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 06/27/14, 12:00 PM PDT |

COLTON >> The City Council wants answers.

Council members want an update on the status of City Manager Stephen Compton at Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting.

Compton was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this month following an investigation prompted by questions about potential wrongdoing originating out of his office related to policies, according to at least one city official.

Tuesday’s update could help dispel public concern that the city’s past reputation for discord and internal conflict is returning, officials said.

“People have said, ‘What the heck is going on? I thought you were all getting along. Something smells bad,’” said Councilman David Toro about questions he gets at city functions. “People feel that we’re in a stressful environment. We haven’t had the spotlight over Colton in several years, and now we do, and people are concerned.”

Public concern has not been alleviated by the lack of information provided about the situation. No details have been released about the personnel investigation since a news release from the city June 9 announcing Compton was put on paid leave on June 5, “pending a review of certain personnel actions taken.”

Councilman Frank Gonzales said the issue arose from concerns out of the city manager’s office. Now that it’s been several weeks, he expects some solid information should be provided about the internal investigation.

“There were some issues that came up. There were some questions raised about things that were happening that shouldn’t have been happening. It came out of the city manager’s office,” Gonzales said. “There were questions raised on policies. I can’t say too much. That’s all I know.”

The council discussed Compton’s job performance three times in closed session on May 22, June 3 and June 17.

Removing him leaves the city without three top department heads, which concerns residents such as Steve Cade, of the community activist group Citizens for Colton First.

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