City and former finance director settle lawsuit
By Jane Northrop
Posted: 06/17/2010 06:00:00 AM PDT
The lawsuit former city finance director Maureen Lennon filed against the city of Pacifica and City Attorney Cecelia Quick last year settled recently for an undisclosed amount.
The lawsuit arose when Lennon as finance director and human resources director Ann Ritmza competed for the same position of director of administrative services. The (then) city manager made the decision to merge the two positions to try to save the city money. Ritzma won the position. Lennon's union filed a grievance on her behalf, saying she was the proper candidate for the job based on contract seniority rights.
Quick was named as a defendant because Lennon alleged Quick retaliated against her because Lennon, as finance director, had questioned the high budget for the city attorney's office. Lennon alleged Quick advised the then city manager not to write her a letter of recommendation because it might cast a too favorable light, considering the union's grievance had not been decided. In addition, Lennon had alleged Quick undermined her chances of reemployment as a finance director with the city of Palm Springs by saying in a phone call that she was a "troublemaker" who is "suing the city," asking for damages, and was responsible for a large budget deficit, the second amended complaint alleges.
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