Jun. 5—Turlock agreed to pay City Manager
Wells disagreed the city could fire him with cause after an investigation and denied all allegations, according to the settlement agreement he signed
The agreement does not explain the reason for ending Wells' employment, nor the subject of or findings from the investigation that began around
Turlock released the separation agreement to The Bee per a California Public Records Act request, but declined to disclose any investigative reports.
Acting City Clerk
Turlock's contracted law firm for employment issues, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, maintains Wells' investigatory report as an attorney-client privileged document, per the agreement.
The agreement also includes a confidentiality provision, preventing both Wells and the city from discussing the details of this settlement. Both Wells and city officials have declined to answer questions about the settlement since the
Along with the
Wells further waived his right to a name-clearing hearing, according to the agreement. City managers serve at the will of the council and the city hired him in
"Although I do not agree with the decisions made so far regarding this matter, I am hopeful we can put this behind us and work together to seat our next permanent city manager as soon as possible," Larson said in a text to The Bee on
In total, Wells actively worked for the city for nine months and was on investigatory leave for about five months.
"I am very proud of the accomplishments of our team at the City of Turlock in the midst of budget constraints, staffing shortages and a global pandemic," Wells said in a previous statement. "The passage of Measure A and several new developments will continue make Turlock a great place to live and do business."
Since 2015, seven people have served as Turlock's city manager on either a permanent or temporary basis. Acting City Manager
The council appointed Hampton to the position, which he previously held on a permanent basis before retiring, days after placing Wells on leave.
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