Council holds special meeting Tuesday
Alameda’s City Council is set to hold a special closed-door meeting Tuesday. On the agenda: A performance review for City Clerk Lara Weisiger, a conference with legal counsel about anticipated litigation – and a discussion about the dismissal, discipline or release of an unnamed public employee.
The session comes on the heels of the council’s surprise discovery last week that City Attorney Teresa Highsmith had taken a contract job to serve as interim city attorney for the City of Barstow, a position she was to assume on Thursday. As of Wednesday, Highsmith was still employed as Alameda’s city attorney.
Highsmith’s contract requires her to give the city 60 days’ notice if she decides to resign or retire. But it also allows Highsmith to take six months’ pay and benefits as severance if the council decides to fire her or cut her salary within 90 days of new members being seated, which happened on December 21.
She was to take the Barstow job under a contract that city has with Colantuono & Levin, the firm she employed to conduct at leaks investigation against City Councilwoman Lena Tam.
We’ll continue to keep our eye on this developing story.