Settlements formerly job of city manager
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 01/31/2011 05:03:20 AM PST

UPLAND – There were 22 claims against the city listed on last week’s City Council agenda.

And, until recently, City Manager Robb Quincey would have been tasked with resolving claims against the city.

But due to a questionable settlement made by Quincey in January 2010, the council has taken over that responsibility.

“It really wasn’t as bad as it seemed,” Councilman Ray Musser said.

The City Council on Jan. 10 rescinded all claims and lawsuit settlement powers of the city manager and staff.

The city manager had had the authority to settle claims against the city for up to $100,000. The human resources/risk management director could settle for up to $10,000.

The decision followed reports that Quincey had negotiated the settlement of an Upland police sergeant’s lawsuit. The sergeant alleged he was passed over for promotion because he had investigated a domestic incident involving Quincey.

The sergeant was promoted to lieutenant as part of the settlement.

The City Council on Jan. 4 placed Quincey on paid leave of absence.

Now, the council will be the authority on all claims.

But, in the future, the list should not be so long.

The council policy was so broad the city staff wanted to include everything, Councilman Brendan Brandt said.

“Whether it was for anything from a tree branch falling to litigation that we’re currently into regarding medical marijuana or the county,” Brandt said. The council will not have a problem dealing with claims on top of its regular duties, he said.