Palos Verdes Estates Shows Its City Manager the Door

Palos Verdes Estates Police Chief Mark Velez took over as Acting City Manager Wednesday, two weeks after the City Council voted to dismiss its top administrator Anton Dahlerbruch. The April 9 vote for dismissal was 4-1. Councilman Sanford Davidson voted no.

The Council did not give a reason for Dahlerbruch’s termination. But, during the campaign that ushered in three new council members in March, the candidates criticized the city’s handling of its pension obligations and an alleged lack of transparency about its financial difficulties.

Dahlerbruch had held the chief executive job for the past six years. He’s receiving a lump payment equivalent to a six month salary, health insurance for six months or until he finds new employment, and approximately $16,000 for unpaid vacation. His total severance with pay and benefits comes out to $125,000, according to the city attorney. Meanwhile, Chief Velez will receive a 5% pay bump for his new responsibilities.