Mayor Miguel Pulido called an emergency closed session council meeting for Wednesday, December 28 to conduct a review of City Manager David Cavazos – during which the council voted 4-0 to place Cavazos on paid leave. The city manager’s three council supporters – Sal Tinajero, Vicente Sarmiento and David Benavides – were out of town and could not attend; critics charge the mayor’s timing was intentional.
Following the vote, according to sources close to City Hall, Cavazos named Deputy City Manager Robert Cortez as Acting City Manager. Cortez, a 17-year city employee, was named Assistant to the City Manager by Cavazos in July 2014, and was promoted to Deputy City Manager in September 2016.
The following morning, on December 29, Cortez named Gerardo Mouet, the executive director of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency, the Acting City Manager. Cortez will now report to Mouet.