San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/18/15 – 9:09 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Allen Parker’s last day as city manager will be Dec. 31, after the City Council agreed Monday to modify his contract to include a year’s severance pay in exchange for his resignation, according to a source who was in the room for the closed-session vote.

Although state law generally requires actions taken during closed session to be reported at the end of the session, City Attorney Gary Saenz said Monday that there was no reportable action.

Mayor Carey Davis on Wednesday refused to say whether a vote had been taken to terminate Parker.

“That is not something that I can say,” Davis said, before saying he had to return to a meeting and so couldn’t answer any further questions.

Parker could not be reached for comment.

Earlier Wednesday, Davis called a special, closed-session meeting for 5 p.m. today with only two items on the agenda: the city’s ongoing bankruptcy case and the city manager.

Davis and Parker have had a fractious relationship since at least December 2014, when Davis asked Parker to resign.

Parker refused, and in a closed-session performance evaluation that month, the City Council refused to force him out. According to the city charter, the mayor may dismiss the city manager with the consent of two-thirds of the City Council, or at least five out of seven council members.

However, Monday’s vote was not to dismiss Parker. Instead, according to the source, the City Council agreed to give him a year’s salary — $221,976 — and benefits for himself and his wife.

In an October email to the mayor, city attorney and council, Parker complained of what he said was a hostile work environment and said he should have a 12-month severance package.

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