Government / Politics

Parks & Rec commissioner resigns before council discusses his possible removal

In other action, two people appointed to city planning commission and parks and rec commission

Hollister Parks and Recreation Commissioner Robert Kutz submitted his resignation by email to the city prior to the city council's discussion about possibly removing him from the position Monday for continued absences.

City Manager William Avera announced Kutz's resignation on June 16. Kutz,who was appointed to the commission in April 2013, had missed three consecutive meetings "and has not communicated with staff regarding his attendance nor has he asked for an excused absence," according to a staff report presented to the council.

A city resolution states that any member of the Parks and Recreation Commission "may be removed from office by the City Council, with or without cause."

The report said that "staff has found it difficult to conduct business of the Commission due to this absence, especially because of a vacancy for a youth member." City staff was prepared to ask for Kutz's immediate removal from his position prior to his resignation.

In other action, the council ratified two city council appointments to the Planning Commission and Mayor Ignacio Velazquez's appointments to the Parks and Recreation Commission.

The city clerk's office received two applications for the two expiring seats on the Planning Commission: from Christopher Alvarez (District 2) and David Huboi (District 4), both of whom were appointed. Two other applications were received from Districts 1 and 3, which did not have openings on the commission. Those applications will be held for two years and those applicants will be asked then if they remain interested in serving, said Interim City Clerk Christine Black.

Karen Percival and Amanda Kennison were appointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.