TEMECULA – The Temecula City Council voted unanimously to put City Manager Bob Johnson on administrative leave in a closed session Tuesday night, Nov. 13. He will remain on administrative leave until the city council considers his dismissal at their Nov. 22 meeting.
At the same meeting Tuesday night, Assistant City Manager Aaron Adams was named as acting city manager.
Johnson was hired in January of this year after Shawn Nelson retired in late 2011. Nelson held the job for 12 years.
No other information was revealed as of press deadline. Tuesday night, Temecula City Attorney Peter Thorson said, “The council will have no further comments on this matter at this time, as it is a personnel matter.” Thorson also stated that the council would formally consider dismissal of Johnson and appointment of acting city manager at the Nov. 22 meeting.
Bob Johnson, 66, has over 35 years of municipal experience that includes Director of Planning and Development for Pima County, AZ; Community Development Director for the City of Irvine; Planning Director for the County of Riverside; and Assistant City Manager for the City of Temecula since 2006. Mr. Johnson has a Bachelors Degree in Natural Resources from Oregon State University; and a Masters of Science and PHD from the School of Renewable Natural Resources at the University of Arizona.
According to the Temecula City website, “The City Manager Department serves as the City’s executive office responsible to the City Council; for implementing their priorities and objectives; and to deliver services, projects and programs to the citizens of Temecula. The City Manager Department provides organizational leadership to city staff and operations, oversees the preparation and administration of a balanced annual budget, and implements all City Council policies, as guided by the Quality of Life Master Plan (QLMP).”
Bob Johnson was formerly the Riverside County Planning Director.