• Longtime Carmel employee John Hanson, terminated in August 2013, has been reinstated.

    Longtime Carmel-by-the-Sea employee John Hanson, who was terminated in August 2013, has been reinstated by the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea. He will return to work for the City on Monday, December 1.

    Mayor Jason Burnett and fellow members of the City Council made the decision to reinstate Mr. Hanson, who first started working for Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1988 in the Department of Public Works. The decision to reinstate Mr. Hanson came upon the recommendations of City Attorney Don Freeman and City Administrator Doug Schmitz following Freeman’s discussions with Hanson’s attorney, Michael Stamp of Stamp/Erickson.

    Mayor Burnett said in a statement that the City Council “carefully reviewed the actions by the City to terminate long-time employee John Hanson and strongly felt he should be offered his position back. We appreciate all that Mr. Hanson has done for the community over his many years of service in various capacities and we look forward to his continued efforts to serve our community.”

    Hanson held several positions in the Department of Public Works. He was appointed a Building Inspector with Planning and Building in July 2007 and became the Building Official in October of that year. He served as an interim Building Inspector prior to being appointed full time to that position. Mr. Hanson also served as a reserve police officer for Carmel for eight years.

    Hanson is a retired first sergeant, United States Army and California Army National Guard. He served his country on numerous assignments including service in the airports after 9/11, a tour of duty in Iraq, deployment to New Orleans in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina, and a tour in Afghanistan.

    He will receive back pay and benefits of about $134,000, reimbursement for expenses he incurred while terminated and damages of about $100,000, and attorney fees and related expenses of about $105,000. The total is approximately $339,000. The City will be reimbursed for all but $10,000 of the total amount by the California State Association of Counties Excess Liability Insurance Group.

    Statement from John Hanson and family:
    My family and I wish to thank all of our friends who supported us through this struggle. I am ready to come back and help heal and rebuild Carmel-by-the-Sea. To those citizens who engaged in the process, thank you. Because of your efforts, we are here today. You have shown the true spirit of Carmel-by-the-Sea, which is why I have worked for Carmel-by-the-Sea for so many years.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 26, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News

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