Andrea Miller

In this July 18, 2012 file photo, Interim City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller speaks during a special session by the San Bernardiono City Council to hold a vote on a fiscal emergency ordinance.

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/18/15, 12:01 AM PST

Covina approved a contract with its new city manager Tuesday.

The employment agreement with Andrea Miller, former San Bernardino interim city manager and current San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments director, lists an “indefinite term” for her employment, meaning it will only end if the city lets her go or she resigns.

That type of contract actually gives the council more power should they decide replace Miller, according to Doug Johnson, an expert with Claremont McKenna College’s Rose Institute of State and Local Government.

“If at some point they decide to let her go, they don’t have to buy out the rest of her contract, so it might be wise,” Johnson said. “It seems to strengthen the City Council’s hand in that they don’t have a long term commitment to her.”

Miller said she received a similar contract when she worked as city manager in La Mirada and that she’s comfortable with it.

Her contract stipulates that the council must pay Miller six months severance if they let her go, much less than the nine to 18-month severance packages often given to city managers in other communities. Miller only needs to give 30 days notice to sever her ties with the city.

She said she’s excited to return to city leadership after overseeing the regional San Gabriel Valley COG for two years.

“I think we accomplished a lot in the while I was there, but I’m ready to go back to a city,” she said.

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