Richmond Ousts City Manager

Richmond City Manager Carlos Martinez has been let go after less than a year, the East Bay Times reports. Council members voted in closed session to terminate Martinez’s contact Tuesday following criticism from union leaders.

The vote was 4 to 3, with Nathaniel Bates, Melvin Willis, Eduardo Martinez, and Demnlus Johnson voting to terminate. Mayor Tom Butt, Ben Choi, and Jael Myrick voted no.

Myrick called the firing a “hasty” decision. The city does not have an acting replacement. Community Services Director Rochelle Polk was offered the interim manager’s position but declined. The Council will hold a special meeting Saturday to discuss their next steps.

Under the terms of his contract, Martinez will receive a lump sum payment of $260,000 (his annual salary).

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Correction: A previous version of this article stated the Council vote was 5 to 3.


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