The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Code of Ethics states, in part, as follows:
“Our system of government is viewed by the public through our acts as we fulfill the demands of our positions. We must demonstrate competency, integrity, honesty, courtesy and fairness in all relationships, private and public, to best represent the type of government desired by all. We have a patriotic duty to fulfill our roles in the highest standard possible for the purpose of assuring exemplary government for all people. A departure from this ideal creates an injustice for all. (Ord. 87-1 § 2, 1987).”
Given the severity of the credible allegations of Human Resources Manager Jane Kingsley Miller regarding the intolerable and unacceptable workplace environment at City Hall created by City Administrator Rich Guillen and Mayor Sue McCloud, it is imperative that the following actions occur immediately:
• A Special City Council Meeting is convened for the purpose of voting to terminate Rich Guillen from employment as city administrator of the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
• Mayor Sue McCloud and City Council Members Paula Hazdovac, Gerard Rose, Karen Sharp and Ken Talmage tender their resignations as city council members of the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
For arguably at least the last two years, Mayor Sue McCloud and City Council Members Paula Hazdovac, Gerard Rose, Karen Sharp and Ken Talmage knew, or should have known, about the workplace environment at City Hall. Their actions, including but not limited to, voting to approve an increase in Rich Guillen’s salary and benefits during this period, and inactions, including but not limited to, failing to investigate Jane Miller’s serious complaints, represent an irreparable breach of public trust and “an injustice for all.”
Moreover, since 2000, with the election of Sue McCloud as mayor of the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea and her selection of Rich Guillen as city administrator, our city government has been a government of, by, and for Sue McCloud. Now, it is time for Camelites to restore our city government to a government of the people, by the people, for the people of the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea by demanding the termination from city employment of Rich Guillen as city administrator and the resignations of Mayor Sue McCloud and City Council Members Paula Hazdovac, Gerard Rose, Karen Sharp and Ken Talmage because elected officials and city employees are answerable and accountable to the people from whom all legitimate power emanates and for whom government exists. Otherwise, the constitutional principle that public office and public service is a public trust is nonexistence.