By Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/17/2012 11:56:14 PM PDT
Updated: 10/18/2012 12:37:21 AM PDT

MONTCLAIR — One City Council candidate was booed and another was called a liar Wednesday night by some attendees at a candidates forum at the Senior Center.

The Montclair Chamber of Commerce and the Community Action Committee sponsored the forum, which drew more than 100 people, including several city employees.

The candidates, including two incumbents, are looking to fill two seats on the council on Election Day on Nov. 6.

Candidate Sean Brunske was booed by a majority of those in attendance after he compared City Manager Edward Starr to a previous city manager, who now collects one of the highest pensions in state.

Brunske criticized the current council for allowing Lee McDougal, the previous city manager, to collect more than $100,000 in annual pension obligations.

Councilman John Dutrey at one point acknowledged Montclair is paying too much for McDougal’s pension, but officials have been working to reduce the financial impacts to the city. Among those efforts, he said, included having Starr take on the responsibility of three staff positions at the cost of one salary. The move is saving the city at least $300,000.

But Brunske warned that Starr could become the next McDougal. His comment prompted a majority of those in attendance to voice their displeasure for the comparison.

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