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Goleta City Manager Dan Singer

Paul Wellman

Goleta City Manager Dan Singer


Drama, Goleta-Style

City’s Highest-Paid Employee Subject of Grueling Performance Evaluation


Members of the Goleta City Council, in addition to the city’s attorney, Tim Giles, spent most of last Friday and this Monday in special closed-session meetings deliberating over City Manager Dan Singer’s annual performance evaluation. The meetings attracted some questions ​— ​Singer (pictured) is the city’s highest-paid employee, at $202,277 a year ​— ​as the agendas for each noted, in addition to the performance review, an item related to the “discipline/dismissal/release” of a public employee. At the end of Monday’s meeting, the council said that no reportable action had been taken, but city staff noted that the discussions on the matter are not over and will continue at another regularly scheduled closed-session meeting on November 5.

The city hasn’t made any statement on the disciplinary agenda item, but said that the review is consistent with Singer’s three-year contract. At the end of Monday’s session, Singer ​— ​who has served as city manager since September 2005 and previously held the same position for the City of Ojai ​— ​said that the meetings would only result in “minor changes” to his contract. “Be sure to report that I’m going to be around,” he said.

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