South Pasadena rescinds employment offer to former West Linn city manager
The city of South Pasadena, California, has rescinded its employment offer to former West Linn City Manager Chris Jordan due to community concerns about Jordan's appointment of former West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus, as reported by the South Pasadena High School newspaper, the Tiger.
The City Council was set to appoint Jordan as the next city manager with an official vote Wednesday, April 21, after selecting him as the top candidate in a pool of 30 applicants.
According to a city press release, however, the council held a special closed meeting Tuesday, April 20, to reconsider the appointment after concerns from the community.
"The City Council is pleased that Mr. Jordan was one of two candidates that it considered capable of serving in the top administrative post," the press release stated. "The City Council will not consider approval of an employment agreement with Mr. Jordan and will now direct its attention toward the other candidate."
Jordan served as West Linn City Manager from 2005 to 2015 and more recently as city manager of Los Altos in the California Bay Area.
Public comments from the April 20 meeting obtained by the Tiger revealed community concerns about Jordan's appointment of Timeus.
Jordan hired Timeus in 2005 without performing a background check despite the former chief's track record of racism, homophobia, sexism and other misconduct.
Timeus would go on to lead a troubled WLPD fraught with scandals, including the 2017 false arrest of Michael Fesser — a favor to Timeus's friend — and the alleged drunk driving incident that led to Timeus' departure from WLPD.
"You have the audacity to advance the application of a man who, by all accounts, as city manager, was dismissive of allegations regarding a vicious and abusively racist police chief," one commentor told the South Pasadena City Council at the April 20 meeting.
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