“No, I’m not comfortable with it,” City Manager John Shirey told me earlier today, saying that he doesn’t believe it’s appropriate for the Mayor’s outside initiatives to be housed in City Hall, using City office space and other resources. That includes City interns and volunteers working on the mayor’s many policy initiatives.
“The people who are here need to be engaged in City work. Those non-profit organizations can not be using city resources unless they are sanctioned by the City Council,” Shirey explained.
For now, it’s an administrative matter, and not on the Council’s agenda. Shirey explained that in addition to her long list of regular duties, City Clerk Shirley Concolino has taken over administration of mayor and council offices. That’s the job formerly by Lisa Serna-Mayorga. Serna-Mayora, a long-time friend and aide to Johnson, resigned from the post after reports that she had misused city credit cards.
Concolino and her staff are sorting out who is occupying the seats and offices on the third floor. “What we’re doing now is identifying people who are working for these non-profit organizations and making arrangements for them to not be here anymore,” Shirey explained.
He added that he had been looking at the issue before SN&R’s story on the issue was published, and before the Sacramento County Democratic Party sent a letter to Shirey in July asking for an investigation. But he had other priorities, like the city’s budget deficit, to deal with.
“I inherited this situation. It never should have been allowed in the first place,” said Shirey.
I’ll have more “K.J. Inc.” follow-up in the next week’s new and improved Bites column in SN&R.