NEWPORT BEACH, CA – Late last year Newport Beach civil service commissioner Jeff Herdman announced his candidacy to replace Ed Selich on Newport Beach city council.
Herdman has reported raising nearly $30,000 and securing the endorsement of the Newport Beach Firefighters Association and beleaguered councilmen Keith Curry. In fact, Curry hosted a fundraiser at his home on April 15th.
“Section 710 of the Newport Beach charter is clear, his position on the Civil Service Commission prohibits him from serving on the city council,” declared Bob McCaffrey, Volunteer Chairman of Residents for Reform.
The Charter prohibits a Civil Service Board Commissioner from holding any appointed or salaried office within the city for one year.
City councilmembers are categorized as employees of the city thereby triggering Charter Section 710. The provision was put in place to prevent Commissioners from conflicts of interest while ruling on employee matters.
Confirmation that city councilmembers are categorized as employees can be found on the city’s human resources web site here:
“Herdman should fold his tent now and not embarrass himself with a long and expensive legal battle,” concluded McCaffrey.
Attached: Newport Beach Charter Section 710