The ability of the Santa Ana city manager to pay her office’s bills has been thrown into doubt, after City Council members deadlocked on a $450,000 mid-year transfer to cover bills related to the council’s ouster of former City Manager Raul Godinez.
Former Santa Ana Police Chief and City Manager Paul M. Walters is the new chief of the Investigations Bureau for the Orange County District Attorney, six months after his predecessor departed with claims he was fired for whistle-blowing.
“This is probably the most political and divisive city council Santa Ana has had,” Councilwoman Michele Martinez said as the council debated the appointment. “Let’s be honest with each other. We really don’t like one another, and we really don’t trust one another.”
Cynthia Kurtz, a retired Pasadena city manager, will serve as interim city manager, just two weeks after the City Council voted to remove Parks Director Gerardo Mouet as acting city manager and after Police Chief Carlos Rojas resigned.
David Cavazos, who was officially hired on Monday, will be eligible to receive a six-figure pension from Phoenix while also receiving more than $550,000 in compensation from Santa Ana in the coming year.