Fired City Official’s Appeal in Limbo; The L.A. council takes no action on Guerdon H. Stuckey’s bid to win back his job as head of Animal Services. It’ll stay on agenda till Feb. 1.
Los Angeles Times – Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Firings, Appeals, Animal shelters
Author: Patrick McGreevy
Date: Jan 12, 2006
Start Page: B.3
Section: California Metro; Part B; Metro Desk
Text Word Count: 896
Abstract (Document Summary)
[H. Stuckey], who was a city administrator in Maryland, was hired by former Mayor James K. Hahn in November 2004, and was told by a deputy mayor at the time that he would keep his job as long as he performed, said Edward Lear, an attorney for Stuckey.
“Mr. Stuckey was wrongfully terminated by Mayor Villaraigosa,” Lear told the council. “Mr. Stuckey did perform his job.”
Lear, Stuckey’s attorney, said a lawsuit is possible if Stuckey is not reinstated. The former general manager has already demanded that, if his firing stands, he receive severance of about $155,000 – – an amount equal to 11 months’ salary with medical and dental coverage and relocation expenses.
However, a few people, including Mary Cummins of the group Animal Advocates, disagreed. “Stuckey performed poorly,” she said. …
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