South Pasadena City Manager Resignation Accepted | Police Chief, Community Services Director Appointed ‘Co-Acting City Managers’

City Manager Arminé Chaparyan informs the city council that there will be an exploration and assessment of all city services and venue fees coming up.
FILE PHOTO: South Pasadena City Council Meeting Live Feed | City Manager Arminé Chaparyan informs the city council that there will be an exploration and assessment of all city services and venue fees coming up.

During a closed meeting this evening, the South Pasadena City Council voted to accept the resignation of City Manager Arminé Chaparyan and agreed to a 7-page separation and release agreement. Effective immediately, South Pasadena Chief of Police Brian Solinsky and Community Services Director Sheila Pautsch have been appointed Co-Acting City Managers.

Both actions were taken on 5-0 votes.

Pautsch’s accession comes only weeks after she announced her imminent retirement after 15 years as the city’s Community Services Director; Solinsky has been Chief of Police since 2021.

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Chaparyan signed the severance deal June 24. It states the parties “have mutually agreed to end their employment relationship” and “desire to amicably resolve any and all controversies, disputes or claims.” Chaparyan will paid a one time benefit of $307,500 plus remaining leave worth $1,727.10. “As an inducement to the city,” she releases the city from any claims arising from her employment and agrees to institute no legal or administrative actions against it. It also provides that the city can tell anyone seeking references that she “left employment in good standing.”

The announcements were made by City Attorney Roxanne Diaz during a short break in the special closed session of a Council meeting that began this evening at 6:00 pm. After the announcement, the Council returned to closed session to discuss litigation over the city’s Housing Element.

The City Council thanks Ms. Chaparyan for her service to the City and wishes her well in her future endeavors,” the city said in simultaneous press release, which included a statement from Chaparyan.

I thank the City Council for affording me the opportunity to serve this community positively and I am grateful to have worked with such a great team of dedicated public professionals.”

“Selection of a permanent City Manager is the top priority of the Council,” added Mayor Zneimer. “The City Council appreciates the hard work of all its employees and we are confident that together we will continue to move the City forward.”

 


Ben Tansey
Ben Tansey is a journalist and author. He grew up in the South Bay and is a graduate of Evergreen State College. He worked in Washington State as a reporter in a rural timber community and for many years as an editor for a Western electric energy policy publication based in Seattle.