Looks like Chi is out of Rosemead

They just don’t waste any time in Rosemead when it comes to firing people, now do they?

During a special meeting on Tuesday, the City Council will vote to “release a public employee,” and then immediately after, will consider “Public Employee Appointment: Title – City Manager/Interim City Manager.”

So, I guess that means City Manager Oliver Chi will soon be out of a job. We can only wonder how long it will be before the staff that Chi hired will be out of jobs, too.

Here’s the agenda.

Any guesses about who the interim will be?

Just speculating, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the return of Willdan.Former longtime Rosemead City Manager Frank Tripepi is now the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services division of Willdan, a company that was on Rosemead’s payroll for many, many years.

Tripepi is now serving as interim city manager in La Puente.

Insiders, what do you know?

  • jm design

    When the welfare of the city is placed after the personal ambitions of individuals and the potential profits of their sponsors, they shouldn’t expect to keep their positions. When the will of the people is exerted, and demands changes in policy, how long should the council wait to act.

  • jm design

    When the welfare of the city is placed after the personal ambitions of individuals and the potential profits of their sponsors, they shouldn’t expect to keep their positions. When the will of the people is exerted, and demands changes in policy, how long should the council wait to act.

  • Anonymous

    The City Manager serves at the pleasure of the council!

  • Anonymous

    OMG it’s sooooo gonna’ be Wildan. Great guess.

    I can’t explain how without divulging my sources but the “clues” (hint hint) are everywhere.

  • Anonymousing

    And this City Council certainly does not see any pleasure in the City Manager and his regime!

  • Roy

    As a reporter it is not your job to speculate! That and the fact that you have your head up your rear as usual makes me want to run to Vegas and place a bet that it won’t be Tripepi.

  • Anonymous

    City Managers get carried away with their positions. Some really think that THEY run the city. They are there to serve the city council, not themselves. They believe that they are entitled to take on the role of the mayor. Their ego gets the best of them, especially if it is a man. If the mayor is a woman, forget it. She has a struggle for power on her hands. City managers need to know their place.

  • Anonymous

    City Managers get carried away with their positions. Some really think that THEY run the city. They are there to serve the city council, not themselves. They believe that they are entitled to take on the role of the mayor. Their ego gets the best of them, especially if it is a man. If the mayor is a woman, forget it. She has a struggle for power on her hands. City managers need to know their place.

  • Rosemead Insider

    Rumor is Rosemead is going to hire a guy who is accused of fondling women at his previous City Manager job in El Segundo. Jeff Stewart, a man accused of having affairs with woman and fondling others at El Segundo City Hall.

  • Anonymous

    OMG and that’s just the tip of the iceberg……

    Later this week one city hall person will be revealed to be the lovechild of a very famous/notorious california political figure…….

    In the meantime, sparks will start flying as late night work schedules will bring two city staffers closer together proving the old adage “do opposites really attract”….what will their significant other’s say….”

    Finally, we’ll hear a heartwarming story of strength and perseverance over heartbreak as Melissa joins the cast of Dancing with Stars……Is there a new beau in her life????

    Find out next week in….As the San Gabriel Valley Turns – TMZ Edition

  • The Truth

    I seriously doubt Clark and Taylor will select a city manager that is unethical. Some may say it is their own people being selected, which is true…. because Clark and Taylor are ethical and the previous three amigos and their pals were not.

    As a matter of fact, I am confident Taylor. Clark and the new council members will make a good choice, much better than any decision the three amigos made. It will be open and based on work history, cost and facts.

  • Anonymous

    All five must and will vote for a new city manager. The best thing to happen is that Bonifacio, Tran, nunez and now Chi are gone. A new a better future awaits Rosemead. Sometimes you have to clean house in order to bring stability, trust and credibility back to a city. The community is well aware of this move.

  • Roy

    Hey Jennifer, guess you were wrong about who would be the new city manager just like I said. Jeffrey Stewart doesn’t exactly sound like Frank Tripepi. You were wrong again! Please leave the speculating to the talking heads on TV and try just reporting the facts. I know that is a lot harder than just making up stuff for this BLOG but after all, it’s your real job!

  • Anonymous

    Oh, goodie, Pravda is back, with his own deluded sense of reality. Please explain how it is ethical to vote to cancel a recall election against yourself, as Gary Taylor did. Please explain how it makes sense to fire a city manager who was making about $190,000 a year but brought in over ten times that amount in grants and tax revenue [that the previous city managers, hired by your (*cough*) ethical (*cough*) but incompetent city council friends] failed to find. And why replace him with an “interim” city manager who will cost more than $200,000 a year but left his previous job under a cloud of doubt?

    Oh, and please explain how it was that there was a contract all ready to vote on by the city council even though the Brown Act prohibits a council majority from confering prior to the meeting. Does the law only applies to other people? Sort of like how the law that prohibits the disclosure of closed-session, litigation-related meetings doesn’t apply when it’s your political enemies who are being pursued? That’s a funny definition of “ethical” you have there, Pravda boy.

  • Anonymous

    Willdan may not be taking over the city manager positions, but it would not surprise me if some of the engineering, planning and building duties that they used to overcharge Rosemead for gets returned to them.

    Among the many accomplishments of Oliver Chi was the cutting of that rip-off, sweetheart deal with Willdan. Instead, the city hired its own employees when it found it could do the job for less than half the price. Saved the city over a million dollars in just the first year.

    Wouldn’t surprise me at all if Queen Maggie and her Court Jesters continue firing city staff and go back to farming out the city services to Willdan. What better way to repay your past supporters and contributors?