Irwindale city manager on the outs

Almost a year ago to the day, Irwindale City Manager Robert Griego confirmed he could be leaving his job to take a city administrator position in Woodburn, Ore.

But Griego never left.

Now, city officials say he’s retiring. And the City Council is hosting a closed session meeting Monday at Irwindale City Hall, to discuss “public employee appointment … Title: City Manager.”

Council members are being pretty tight-lipped about the whole thing, saying they are not at liberty to discuss the matter because it is a closed session item.

But Mayor Larry Burrola did say this was not something he anticipated. He said he would be able to comment more freely after Monday’s meeting.

“We are going to have to discuss some issues … Obviously (Griego) wants to retire and he’s at that age to retire. We’re not in the position to fire him.”

Burrola would not elaborate further.