Montebello City Manager Placed on Leave
Montebello’s city manager has been placed on a leave of absence and it isn’t clear when or if she will be returning to the job.
The council‘s decision to place Francesca Tucker-Schuyler on the sidelines was made behind closed doors earlier this month. Assistant City Manager Danilo Batson has been named acting city manager in her stead.
City officials have declined to say what prompted the decision. As the Whittier Daily News notes, the city is steeped in legal, financial, and personnel troubles, including a lawsuit naming Tucker-Schuyler, Batson, and information systems manager David Tsuen. Facing budget woes, it had hoped to impose a new 0.75% sales tax. That measure failed on Nov. 7.
Tucker-Schuyler has refused to comment on her leave of absence.