Ray Musser

Ray Musser

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/06/15 – 7:17 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Former City Manager Stephen Dunn said Tuesday that he has helped lead the effort to recall Mayor Ray Musser.

Dunn said there are a number of citizens who have been discouraged by the mayor’s leadership and contacted him for help.

“This issue strictly on the mayor’s leadership, it has nothing to do with anything else,” he said.

Longtime city critic Hal Tanner announced last week he had volunteered to launch a recall effort against Musser. He later acknowledged that it was Dunn who helped complete the necessary paperwork needed to file with the city.

Tanner has donated money to Musser’s campaign in the past, but when Dunn asked if he wanted to present the petition, the longtime resident said he had no qualms with that.

Dunn stepped down as city manager in June 2014 after a testy relationship with some members on the City Council. He said he doesn’t plan on being involved in the signature gathering process.

“I’m just the person pushing the paperwork and the reason why is because I have the experience,” said Dunn, who had worked in city government for 29 years prior to retiring last year.

In his recall petition, Tanner claims Musser had the deciding vote to remove school crossings that led to the death of a child. He also claims Musser was the deciding vote to buy out Dunn’s contact, costing the city $500,000. Dunn received a $192,000 buyout from the city.

“I don’t need to prove anything, my record speaks for itself,” Musser said. “He wants the limelight and he’s being pushed by someone else.”

Musser added that he had suspected Dunn was involved in the process.

Despite the assistance, Tanner said the recall is based on Musser’s record. Tanner said he also disagreed with the city’s ethics process, which he said fails to hold elected officials accountable for their actions.

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