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Burbank city manager’s retirement email to city council

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Council during final public comment segment of meeting November 16, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Burbank City Council during final public comment segment of meeting November 16, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Council during final public comment segment of its meeting November 16, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Burbank City Council during final public comment segment of its meeting November 16, 2015

There are some indisputable truths in the City Hall drama between the Burbank City Council and City Manager, Mark Scott. The city council hired Scott. They are his bosses. They’ve stood up for Scott from the very beginning. In the face of angry public criticism over Scott’s huge salary and benefit package of around $300,000, each council member publicly declared their support for the new city manager back in the summer of 2013. All five staked their reputations on Scott. The council members at the time, Gary Bric, Bob Frutos, Jess Talamantes, Dr. David Gordon, and Emily Gabel-Luddy, who was mayor.

Now, a little over two years after taking over the position as city manager on August 1, 2013, Scott is waltzing out the door. He sent out an email last Tuesday to some city officials and has talked freely with the Burbank Leader and MyBurbank about his departure. Finally, after some prodding, he sent an email last Friday morning to the city council members about his surprise decision to quit his job.

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From: “Scott, Mark” <MScott@burbankca.gov>
Date: 11/20/2015 12:28 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: City Council <citycouncil@burbankca.gov>
Cc: “Albano, Amy” <aalbano@burbankca.gov>
Subject: Retirement

Dear City Councilmembers,

I am being asked for copies of my formal retirement notification which, as you know, I had not yet provided.  I am seeking a good date from CalPERS.  Perhaps in February.

I want to thank you all for the opportunity to serve as City Manager in this truly great community.  It has been my privilege to work with such a dedicated, hard-working City Council and monumentally talented Executive Team.  The entire City team inspires me every day.  I am sad to leave, but it is time.  Living in Burbank is a complete joy and we will be happy to live here as long as possible.

I pledge to you my best effort until my final day, and please know I will offer any other help I can give to you in the future. Even the closest families experience occasional squabbles and we have had a few. But regardless, it is my honor to have worked for this community and all of you will continue to have a place in my heart.

Speaking of heart, special thanks to my extraordinary CMO team — Sharon, Joyce, Justin, Lyndsey, Sandy, Jackson, Bob, Ellie and Drew.  Best support any city manager ever got.

As Ellen would say, be kind to each other. I hope you each find a way to earn and grant unconditional positive regard, and do your best to restore dignity to our sometimes dysfunctional community dialogue. There are tough decisions in this city’s future.  I know you all want the best for Burbank. Thank you for stepping up to lead.

Mark

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By his recent comments and actions, you can get the impression Scott considered his position autonomous and felt he could do as he pleased in City Hall personnel matters without interference from his bosses — the voter-elected members of the city council.  In Scott’s contract it says: “The City Council sets policy for the governance and administration of the City, and it implements its policies through the City Manager.” That makes it clear the city manager takes direction from the city council. Now, it’s up to the council members to make sure the next city manager understands that fully, BEFORE taking the job.

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6 Responses to Burbank city manager’s retirement email to city council

  1. Tony Noakes Monday, November 23, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    Thank you for posting this information. For me, Scott’s resignation is long overdue. I do not trust him and I believe he is bad for Burbank. Having dealt with him numerous times, my gut screamed not to trust him. I was with a group that confronted him 2 years ago minutes prior to a “closed” (secret) meeting on discussing terms of the sale of the land parcels to the Cusumano’s for their bloated Talaria project. You should have seen him dance when we showed up. He was like a kid that got caught stealing in the candy store. His body language, his arrogance, his attempts to control meetings and negate others who disagree with him etc…..all reek of unprofessional behavior.

    No wonder his resume shows many positions over the years, 5 of which were 5 DIFFERENT City Manager positions….what is that about!!!!

    His out going accolades to Joy Forbers, for me, exemplifies, his ilk. FACT: she, alone, helped to orchestrate deceit and lack of pertinent info for Council to make an informed decision about the Talaria land sale by withholding the appraisal from the council members to insure a lower price being paid by the Cusumano’s. And, of course, she shortly thereafter moved on to, allegedly, greener pastures.

    Good riddance to her and to Scott.

  2. David Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 6:08 am #

    What does his City of Burbank benefits package look like after he leaves the job? What does he walk away with in tax payers funds?

  3. Al in SoCal Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    “What does his City of Burbank benefits package look like after he leaves the job? What does he walk away with in tax payers funds?”

    This is a great question – I’m wondering as well. I’m guessing it is somewhere on his contract which is a public record I think.

  4. Carlos Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    Mr Scott has never showed any interest in Burbank or in Burbank residents. His attitude has been arrogant and his accomplishments have been non existent. What was the city council thinking when they hired the man and paid him three hundred thousand a year ? I am not surprised he would resort to threats against the city council at all after all a cornered rad does tend to bite. Now the rat is leaving the ship and it is great to see him go when he should never have been here to begin with.

  5. DixieFlyer Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

    Scott’s “take” as he departs Burbank for his desert Abode is being determined by PERS.

    The State run Public Employee’s Retirement System.

    You won’t find it in his “contract”.

    He claimed he was waiting to hear from PERS for a “Retirement Date”.

    Stand By.

  6. Andy B. Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    When Mr. Scott was appointed to this position, I thought he might really be good, especially with that salary his was given. In 2 years I have not seen any real accomplishments for the city and looks like he argues and complains a lot. There was an old saying that my mother once said
    ” Everyone is out of step but Johhny ” Maybe that name should be changed to Mark ?
    Anyway I hope the next city manager is more in tune with the people of Burbank and is more of a team player. I really hope Mr Scott can help San Bernadino, they need all the help they can get!

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