Council Considers Outside Investigation Into Complaints Against City Manager

Bill Workman, city manager of Redondo Beach, is under fire from employee groups.

FILE PHOTO: Bill Workman. Photo credit Ed Pilolla.
FILE PHOTO: Bill Workman. Photo credit Ed Pilolla.

The Redondo Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night during closed session to authorize the city attorney to research and recommend an outside investigator to look into complaints about City Manager Bill Workman.

Mayor Steve Aspel announced the vote when the council reconvened in chambers.

Workman concurred with the council's action, according to City Attorney Mike Webb.

Webb will come back in two weeks with the recommendation for an outside investigator, according to Aspel. Though the council and city manager desire an expedited investigation, Aspel, Councilman Steve Sammarco and Workman will all be absent from next week's council meeting.

This is a developing story.

Jack Cates January 16, 2014 at 11:33 PM
The article makes it sound as though Mr. Workman was gracious in agreeing to the recommendations. He had no choice! He had no other option but to pretend to agree. The biggest issue in this investigation will be the interviews of past employees, specifically the last HR Manager, who was hired with a flourish in the last part of 2013, then abruptly quit in a single day after an issue on the job. Workman and his minion Assistant City Manager have the reputation of looking down on their employees, speaking to them in unprofessional and inappropriate terms, and simply having no care or concern for morale. It's Workman's way.....plain and simple. With everything that has happened in the recent past with Workman, specifically the allegations surrounding his treatment of city employees, I would think the members of the City Council would be wise to let Workman go, and repair the damage he has done. If our City Council members have the best interest of the city at heart like they all claim to, Workman's days in Redondo Beach would be numbered! Either way they probably are, as Workman's only goal is to add to his resume for his much desires consultant job. Don't leave mad Mr. Workman, just leave.
Jim Light January 16, 2014 at 11:48 PM
Waste of money. The 98% no confidence vote should be all the information the Council needs to give Workman his waling papers. I suspect some on the Council may just be trying to use this to justify their inaction.
David Mallen January 17, 2014 at 02:57 PM
I respectfully point out, from a legal standpoint, that the appointment of a neutral investigator to interview witnesses about alleged workplace misconduct is the gold standard of employment law compliance. Failure to appoint an investigator could potentially subject the city to more $$$ in lawsuits. Moreover, an investigator's findings could lead to structural changes in how the City Manager actually manages city employees moving forward. The problems may not arise simple because of personality clashes or management. The problems may also be systemic, in part. My two cents as an employment lawyer and mediator....
David Mallen January 17, 2014 at 03:01 PM
I second Mr. Munns' suggestion to conduct exit interviews with outgoing city employees. I recommend this approach to all my small business clients. Employers can learn a lot from exit interviews. Outgoing employees sometimes just want to be heard.


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