By Robert Haugh
When the 49er Five fired former City Manager Deanna Santana weeks ago, former Police Chief Mike Sellers called in.
He wanted to let everyone know what he thought about Santana. It wasn’t nice.
Santana has been criticized for having a high salary. Recently Sellers and some other city employees have stepped forward to say she was a bad manager.
But Sellers did not disclose his high salary.
According to Transparent California, in Sellers’ final year, 2019, the Mission City paid him $767,530. Wow.
Because of his vacation pay out (“other pay”), Sellers made more than Santana in 2019. She was paid a total of $709,445.
In 2018, Sellers made a total of almost $527,000 with no vacation pay out. Santana made almost $684,000.
Sellers also did not disclose that he was considered the least popular police chief in Santa Clara history. On his watch in 2016, for the first time ever police officers voted that they had “no confidence” in a police chief.
According to one police department source, “the entire building was laughing at the irony of Sellers’ comments” about Santana being unpopular with employees.
Councilmembers Raj Chahal and Karen Hardy voted to fire Santana a few weeks ago. They were on the City Council when Sellers got his huge 2019 salary. But Chahal and Hardy never publicly spoke out against it.
A participant in the press conference on Tuesday who criticized Councilman Kevin Park for likening Santana to a “dog,” sees a double standard.
“It’s pretty obvious that Chahal and Hardy are willing to look the other way for a white male police chief and not a Latina city manager,” said the community leader.