Fullerton Parts Ways With City Manager

The City of Fullerton has severed ties with City Manager Ken Domer. In a statement, the City said the two parties had “agreed to a mutually acceptable separation” following a 3-2 vote on April 20. Mayor Bruce Whitaker, Mayor Pro Tem Nick Dunlap, and Councilmember Fred Jung voted to terminate Domer’s employment agreement effective April 27.

Domer has held the job since 2017. He was previously Assistant City Manager of Huntington Beach and City Manager of Villa Park before that.

“During his tenure, Mr. Domer was instrumental in helping the City Council work through its financial difficulties by crafting annual budgets which were structurally balanced and introduced components of strategic planning,” the City said. “Over the course of his nearly four years, Mr. Domer led organizational reviews of City departments in order to more efficiently align City operations with the available resources and best practices of government operations. Throughout the last year, Mr. Domer led an exceptional and dedicated group of Department Directors and City staff during the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Domer called his time in Fullerton “the highlight” of his career.

Fullerton has a lengthy history of staff controversies and turnover. Its last city manager, Joe Felz, resigned in 2016 after a car crash in which drunk driving was suspected. The city’s former police chief, David Hendricks, resigned after an altercation at a Lady Antebellum concert in Irvine. And in December, the City Council — with newly-elected members Nick Dunlap and Fred Jung — terminated the City’s contract with Parks and Recreation Director Hugo Curiel.