Ex-GM tries to shake down the City**
Guerdon Stuckey yesterday pleaded to get his job back in front of City Council. He was fired December 15 as an at-will manager of the City's troubled animal shelters. He said it just wasn't "fair" or "right." He thought he was doing a good job. When asked by Councilman Cardenas if the Mayor or commissioners ever gave him goals, objectives or said he wasn't performing, he said "no, never." Excuse me? Stuckey frequently complained that his work was never "good enough" for the commissioners. He also frequently admitted to making mistakes saying such things as "you feel I am incompetent," "Yes, I dropped the ball on that." He said these things on record.
More important than his job performance of course is the fact that he's an at-will employee. He stated yesterday that he thought he had job security. What part of "at-will" do you not understand, Mr. Stuckey? Stuckey openly stated in taped commission meetings "I know I can be fired. I can be fired at any time. The Mayor can fire me at 5 o'clock today." He is obviously just trying to shake down the City for an undeserved severance package as he had his lawyer with him.
His lawyer gave a Power Point presentation on what a wonderful job Stuckey did and why he thought he had job security. Stuckey took credit for things he had nothing to do with. I'm amazed he didn't say he invented the Internet. He also took loose media quotes from Villaraigosa and tried to show that the Mayor was signalling him that he had job security. We all know that written employment contracts take precedent over oral agreements, winks or ESP messages. He was stretching the quotes thin as a wire as it was.
Fortunately they did not vote to reinstate Stuckey yesterday. It is tabled. If they do not reinstate him by February 1, his appeal is automatically denied. The council has the power to overturn his firing but based on their responses, it seems that they will vote that the Mayor has the right to fire at-will employees for any or no reason. Heck, even if they did vote to reinstate him, Villaraigosa could just fire him again, and again... This is the first appeal of the firing of an at-will employee so it'll be interesting to watch. Stay tuned.
- Full text of letter opposing to the City Council Stuckey re-appointment by Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates at MS2.
- Full text of letter opposing to the City Council Stuckey re-appointment by animal advocate Brad Jensen at MS2.
- Dr. Charlotte Laws of the Valley Glen Neighborhood Council and the Directors of Animal Welfare reports that several of their members will meet Friday morning at Van Nuys City Hall to speak in opposition to the re-appointment via the new tele-conferencing system.