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City Manager In Limbo
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By a 5-0 vote in executive session at the Sept. 21 Escalon City Council meeting, council members agreed to place longtime Escalon City Manager Greg Greeson on paid administrative leave and tapped Police Chief Doug Dunford as the acting City Manager.

"He was placed on administrative leave in connection with a pending personnel issue," Dunford explained. "Further review by the council is anticipated."

That 'further review,' in fact, is expected to come tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 30, when the council meets in special session to consider Greeson's future employment with the city.

First hired as the assistant city manager, serving under Thom Clark, Greeson moved in to the top spot when Clark resigned. Greeson has served as city manager for the last six years.

"I really can't say much of anything, I can tell you discussions are ongoing and they have been amicable," Greeson said of the personnel issue. "I know they (council members) have a meeting on Wednesday night and hopefully we will have some resolution (of the situation) after that."

Council members have had several closed sessions over the past few months featuring 'public employee evaluation' discussions concerning Greeson and many expressed frustration with his lack of availability and frequent absences during this year's budget negotiations, which turned out to be the most difficult in recent history for the city.

Acting City Manager Dunford said following the council session Wednesday night, there could be some "reportable action" regarding the situation.