Ray Musser

In this file photo, Mayor Ray Musser delivers the State of the City at San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland on March 19. (File photo)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/15/15 – 9:56 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> A resident is claiming Mayor Ray Musser got him removed from his volunteer role with the Upland Chamber of Commerce because he backed the recall effort against the city leader.

Eric Gavin was told by the Chamber of Commerce last week he would no longer serve as the project manager of the organization’s leadership academy, but only after he said Musser pressed the issue.

“I was shocked to learn that the mayor had visited the chamber and told them that he would not support this program if I remained its project manager, simply because he saw my name on the recall petition,” Gavin said.

At Monday’s council meeting, Musser said he did not demand Gavin’s resignation.

“I did ask the executive director ‘why don’t we have him take his name off the ballot or he can step aside?’ They made that decision. I did not make the decision,” he said.

The Upland Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy emphasizes the development and application of leadership skills. The six-month program is centered around 10 learning events on such topics as health care, public safety and city government. After each learning event, the groups identified how it impacted the city and three pressing issues. At the end of the academy, each group has to come up with a project indicating the five biggest issues facing Upland along with presenting the best solutions.

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