Just a few weeks after his abrupt dismissal by the Manhattan Beach City Council, former City Manager Dave Carmany has landed a job on the other end of Los Angeles County, as the new city manager of La Puente.
The La Puente City Council last week approved a three-year contract with Carmany, who will begin his post in January. He will receive an annual salary of $175,000 plus an additional $10,000 each year until his contract expires in Dec. 2016. During his nearly three-year post with Manhattan Beach, Carmany received an annual salary of $213,000.
On Nov. 4, the Manhattan Beach City Council voted unanimously in a closed session to terminate Carmany’s three-year contract without cause, citing its vision of moving in a new direction. Under his contract, which automatically became extended to January 2015 because neither he nor the council issued a notice of non-renewel, the city must pay Carmany a year’s worth of salary and benefits.
Similar to Manhattan Beach in size, La Puente is a small-town city in the San Gabriel Valley, about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Carmany has previously served as city manager in Pacifica, Malibu, Agoura Hills and Seal Beach.
In a related matter, the Manhattan Beach City Council on Tuesday will address in a regular meeting whether to buy out Carmany’s 50-percent interest of his residence on Pacific Avenue. In January 2011, Carmany and the city entered into an equity housing agreement, sharing equal ownership of the $1.1 million home.