Mystery Deepens as Lemoore and Its City Manager Part Ways

The City of Lemoore and its city manager Andi Welsh have agreed to part ways, four months after she was placed on administrative leave for reasons that still remain unclear. Under the terms of the separation, Welsh will receive a lump sum of $152,900. Her resignation became effective May 9.

According to the Hanford Sentinel, the severance package Welsh is getting is only supposed to apply if she is fired. The paper says it tried to reach out to several council members and Mayor Ray Madrigal to no avail.

Per the agreement, city officials have agreed not to make any disparaging comments about Welsh or her job performance. She too is prohibited from criticizing city officials. It states that she “voluntarily resigned from service with the city” and signed the agreement free of duress or undue influence.

Welsh’s severance package was doubled from six months to a year’s salary in November of 2016. At the time, the council’s move raised some eyebrows. Welsh had also received a $549-per-month raise in April of 2016, less than a year after taking the job.

"Welsh has exceeded our expectations," Councilman Jeff Chedester explained at the time.

What changed?