Following an exhaustive performance evaluation, undertaken in multiple meetings over the last two months, the Poway City Council has elected not to renew the contract of City Manager Dan Singer, which is to expire in May of 2017.
As a result, Mr. Singer opted to resign stating: “While it was not my desire to leave Poway this soon, I respect that one of the consequences of being a city manager is that the Council and manager don’t always find themselves on the same page.” He added, “I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of this organization these past few years and I have every reason to believe the organization will continue to realize good things in the years ahead. I have come to truly appreciate the pride and hard work our employees give each and every day. Poway is better because of their dedication. I know I am leaving this City in great shape and great hands!”
Singer’s last day at City Hall will be July 21. After that, he will be on vacation leave through September 1 at which time his employment with the City of Poway will end. Assistant City Manager Tina White will be the acting city manager during Singer’s absence.
In order to minimize the financial impact on the city, the Council and Singer have agreed on a severance package that will pay Singer one-third of the nine months severance he is due, beginning on September 1, with subsequent equal payments on December 1 and March 1. However, if Singer becomes employed prior to either of the subsequent payments the city will be relieved of the obligation to make future payments.
“Dan Singer has been a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with,” Mayor Steve Vaus said, “When he joined us two years ago he quickly earned the trust and support of our employees and brought a morale boost to city staff. Though Council feels that new leadership will better position us to accomplish our objectives, we are grateful for Dan’s service and wish him the best.”