After a six-hour closed-session meeting on Thursday, July 7, the Thousand Oaks City Council decided by unanimous vote to fire City Manager Scott Mitnick, who has held the position since 2005. He had been the county’s highest-paid city manager with a salary of $281,013 and benefits totaling $106,444 in 2015.
At a meeting on Tuesday, July 12, the council chose former Deputy City Manager Andrew Powers to serve as interim city manager until a permanent replacement is found.
Mitnick has been the subject of criticism over his involvement in procuring funds for the Westlake High School baseball team, where his son is a student. Last month, Mitnick admitted to using his city email account to secure donations to the school and to using his email to assist the Westlake High School Baseball Boosters in receiving payment from area businesses.
A $20,000 grant for field improvements at the school had also been put on hold, but in June Thousand Oaks City Attorney Tracy Noonan approved it. In May, the City Council took no disciplinary action against Mitnick regarding the grant.
Thousand Oaks Mayor Joel Price provided a written statement in response to a request for a comment.
“We are heading in a different direction and remain focused on preparing our city for the future and continuing the great things we have accomplished,” wrote Price. “The Council and I have full confidence in the organization’s solid leadership and management, along with highly dedicated staff to carry us forward in a productive way, especially during this period of transition.”