By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/06/15 – 10:13 PM PDT |

MONTCLAIR >> Tensions were high at Monday night’s City Council meeting when a resident accused the council of overpaying City Manager Ed Starr and called for a recall of the mayor and two councilmembers.

Sean Brunske, an unsuccessful candidate in the most recent City Council election, accused the council of negligence in the city’s parks, the city manager’s salary and the police force.

Brunske specifically pointed his comments toward Councilmember Carolyn Raft, saying that she did not have correct information on how much the city manager was being paid, which he argued was nearly half a million dollars including benefits, salary and retirement.

“The citizens of Montclair have had it so I’ve got a petition here for a recall of the mayor (Paul M. Eaton), Councilmember (Bill) Ruh and Councilmember (Trisha) Martinez,” Brunske said during the meeting. “And you know, Mrs. Raft, if you don’t know the numbers of your own city employees, you might as well just back right out as well just so we can make this a free-for-all and get some new people to run this city appropriately.”

But Brunske’s information was vehemently contradicted by both Starr and Finance Director Donald Parker, who said that his salary was inaccurately represented on the state controller’s website, when in reality, his salary is $220,000.

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