As previously reported by Peoria Pundit (upon Oliver's exit from Peoria), one of the knocks noted against Oliver was that "he didn’t manage employees very well". Notice that Councilmember Walcott's comment below alludes to the same thing.
Surprise City Manager Randy Oliver’s contract was terminated without cause at Thursday night’s City Council meeting.The termination without cause will cost the city about $200,000.Oliver elected to have the item heard in public.
Oliver said he was surprised because no council member had approached him to discuss it before placing the topic on the agenda. “I wish I knew the genesis behind the item before it came to council,” Oliver said. “We could have worked together to address the issues.”
Oliver acknowledged he has had to make difficult decisions in his tenure, but had never had to dismiss so many employees in his career.
Oliver gave a presentation to defend some of his decisions, including laying off what amounts to about 10 percent of the city employees, as well as reducing or eliminating employee and council perks such as mileage. Take-home pay was not reduced, Oliver said.
Oliver left the meeting after the vote. Interim Assistant City Manager George Kolb will serve as acting city manager until the city takes action on Oliver’s replacement.
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