Fired Ex-GM of Animal Services to become City consultant
What do you do with a guy who was so incompetent at his job that you had to fire him? What do you do with an at-will employee who begged for severance to which he wasn't entitled? What do you do with a guy who lied on record to City Council, Animal Services Commissioners, the public and the Mayor? Well, in LA you hire him back to consult on the same subject for which he was found to be incompetent, give him a great letter of recommendation and you double his salary. Ya gotta love LA.
Guerdon Stuckey will now be paid $50K for 12 weeks of work consulting the City on animal services issues such as community outreach, spay/neuter and increasing animal adoptions. I can only hope that in reality Stuckey will just be sitting on some beach somewhere contemplating his navel. On top of that in his "consulting contract" it states he was let go merely because there was a change in Mayors. He did a fine job and was extremely qualified. Excuse me, but the Mayor in writing stated he was fired because he was doing a bad job. I pity the next City he suckers. What's interesting to note is that Stuckey's previous position in Maryland was made just for him then was deleted after he left for LA. Hmm.
In all honesty the City Council was backed into a corner. This at-will employee was threatening to sue the City for firing him. He may have ultimately and unfairly even played the race card. He of course had no chance at winning any wrongful dismissal suit but that's not the point. City Council needed to get rid of this little mess cheaply and easily but how. You can't give him severance as that would be illegal. You can't give him money straight out as that would be a gift of public funds. The City can only give him money in exchange for work so work he must do.
He will now consult the City Council on animal services issues even though he was found to be incompetent in this area. City Council already has someone in charge of animal services issues, not like it matters. I'm at least grateful that Councilmen Zine, Weiss and Rosendahl spoke up about the real issues and voted against this motion. It passed nine to three anyway, just as I expected. At least the Stuckey issue is finally behind us. As this was the first appeal of a fired at-will employee, it will be interesting to see if Pandora's box is opened just like the DWP contract. Time will tell.