City coun­cil to meet in closed ses­sion about city at­tor­ney

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS - Con­tact re­porter John Glid­den at 707-553-6832.

The Vallejo City Coun­cil is sched­uled to meet in a spe­cial closed ses­sion on Tues­day re­gard­ing the city at­tor­ney po­si­tion.

Clau­dia Quin­tana no­ti­fied the city in Oc­to­ber that it was her in­ten­tion to re­tire next April af­ter serv­ing as the coun­cil’s coun­sel for seven years. Per her em­ploy­ment con­tract with the city, Quin­tana was re­quired to give six months ad­vanced no­tice if she plans to re­tire.

“In that time, I am proud to have had the op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute my en­ergy and tal­ents to de­fend­ing this or­ga­ni­za­tion in court and pro­vid­ing coun­sel to aid you as you make pol­icy de­ci­sions,” she wrote in a let­ter in Oc­to­ber. “I have been proud to help cre­ate a more sta­ble, more re­spon­sive or­ga­ni­za­tion that is com­mit­ted to excellence and to in­creas­ing its re­sponse the the needs of its res­i­dents.”

Heather Ruiz, the city’s hu­man re­sources di­rec­tor, said by email on Mon­day that she couldn’t com­ment on the specifics of the up­com­ing closed ses­sion discussion. She noted Cal­i­for­nia law lim­its those type of closed ses­sion dis­cus­sions to “the salaries, salary sched­ules, or com­pen­sa­tion paid in the form of fringe ben­e­fits” for un­rep­re­sented em­ploy­ees.

Vallejo Mayor Bob Sam­payan did note in Oc­to­ber that the coun­cil would need to meet in closed ses­sion re­gard­ing Quin­tana’s con­tract af­ter she made her an­nounce­ment.

In Septem­ber, the coun­cil gave Quin­tana a five per­cent raise, up­ping her an­nual salary to $219,760. That de­ci­sion wasn’t unan­i­mous as coun­cil­men Her­mie Sunga and Ha­keem Brown voted against the raise.

By John Glid­den jglid­[email protected]­al­don­line. com

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