Today’s must-read: Highsmith offers her side of the story
In an interview with the Chronicle’s Carolyn Jones, Alameda City Attorney Teresa Highsmith has broken her silence about the reason for taking another job in Barstow while she was still working here in Alameda and her feelings on being placed on indefinite leave.
In a front-page story, Highsmith says that nothing in her contract prohibits her from working in two cities, and that her plan had been to work part time in Barstow and full time here through at least April, potentially retiring from her Island job and collecting benefits at that point.
And Highsmith, who said the council’s unanimous December 28 decision to place her on leave was unfair, said she plans to ask for six months’ severance if the city fires her – something it can’t legally do within 90 days of seating new council people.
“I am still the city attorney of Alameda. I am not resigning,” she said. “Ideally, I’d like the city and (Mayor) Marie Gilmore to take the high road and handle this with grace and dignity,”Highsmith told the Chron.
The full story is here.