The performance of Larry Combs, who has been Merced County's executive officer for four months, will be put under a microscope this morning at a closed session Board of Supervisors meeting.
The evaluation comes at the request of Supervisor Deidre Kelsey, who publicly admonished Combs at the end of a board meeting earlier this month for several alleged faults. Among them were poor communication, not preparing budget updates for the supervisors and for creating new policies outside negotiations with the county's union, she said.
It's unclear how much information the board will report out of closed session.
Combs started work as CEO on Nov. 30. He was scheduled for a performance review before May 31, and once a year during his employment.
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The former Sutter County CEO's four-year contract is worth $205,000 a year and was signed Oct. 27, 2009. It includes a buyout clause, which would pay full salary and benefits for six months, if Combs is fired without cause.
Combs is the fifth CEO to serve the county in the past 50 years.
Also on Tuesday, the supervisors will:
Meet jointly with the Workforce Investment Board to review the investment board's 2009 end-of-the-year-report and future goals.
Conduct a public hearing to consider an appeal filed by the San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center and Protect Our Water against Lucca Villas, a planned 17-home subdivision near Olive Avenue and Leeds Road, west of the city of Merced.
Recognize the county Human Services Agency for its low error rate in the federal food stamps program. Merced's error rate for the federal fiscal year 2008 was 1.95 percent; the state's rate was 5.77 percent. The California Department of Social Services' Field Operation Bureau will present the recognition.
Approve a $617,500 improvement project at the Lake Yosemite main beach and concession area.
Reporter Danielle E. Gaines can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.