Riverside Fires City Manager John Russo

Riverside has parted ways with City Manager John Russo following a split vote by the city council Tuesday night. The 3-4 decision came after the filing of a lawsuit against the city by Mayor Rusty Bailey, who had taken issue with Russo's most recent contract.

John Russo was hired in 2015 and, by all accounts, was doing an excellent job as city manager. The council extended his contract in February, leaving him with about $471,000 in pay and benefits for the year, plus a $675,000 home loan. Mayor Bailey tried to veto the contract but was told he lacked the power to do so. In March, the mayor  filed suit.

Councilmen Steve Adams, Chuck Conder, Mike Gardner and Jim Perry voted to terminate Russo Tuesday night. Councilmen Chris Mac Arthur, Andy Melendrez and Mike Soubirous voted to keep him on board.

Riverside has provided a statement from Russo saying he enjoyed his time with the city and remains proud of his many accomplishments there.

"We got a lot done, and there's much more that will be happening as a result of our efforts. As a proud resident, I am looking forward to Riverside's future.”