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Ray Corpuz’s ‘questionable history’ comes up in California town

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Dec. 4, 2009 at 11:27 am with 5 Comments »
December 4, 2009 11:27 am

Former Tacoma city manager Ray Corpuz continues to be the center of controversy in his job managing the town of Seaside, Calif. According to a story on the Montery Herald’s Web site today, his city council is standing behind him despite calls for his firing. Residents object to Corpuz’s suspension of the city’s police chief, and are also dredging up his troubles in Tacoma.

“How could you hire a city manager with such questionable history?” said (resident) Andrea Meck. “What were you thinking then and what are you thinking now?”

The controversy that surrounded Corpuz in Tacoma, Wash., the city where he worked before coming to Seaside, has been one of the subjects of residents’ complaints against Corpuz. In response, the councilmen have said Corpuz’s past does not have any relevance to his current performance.

Corpuz was fired as Tacoma city manager in 2003 in the aftermath of the David Brame episode. Corpuz was blamed for promoting and standing by the late police chief despite warning signs leading up to the murder of his estranged wife, Crystal Judson.

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  1. Tracianne says:

    What? Did I read this right? His past does not have any relevance to his current performance. How insane.

    He was responsible for hiring and abetting a murderer. He covered up corruption of his and other people’s doings. He helped his wife with insurance fraud. He lied to investigators who tried to unravel the corruption in the police and city governments.

    I’m surprised he’s even employed and to say it has no bearing on his current job performance. The people of Seaside have a right to be mad.

  2. dlwashbu says:

    Dr. Phil always says the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. These people must be in major denial.

  3. Remember, the Tacoma City Council sent him on his way with full retirement benefits and a letter of endorsement to this city. Of course his past is going to be overlooked by fellow politicians. They cover each others’ backs.

    This story is more than funny. Glad to see that I was right about this leopard and his spots.

  4. sunup500 says:

    this guy is like a bad case of STDs. The people of that city should be irate if they were not told about his track record. They are paying his overbloated salary.Overlooking his past history? As usual a perfect example of two sets of rules for everyone. Politicians and well to do people walk away with all their ill gotten gains, and the little guy gets the shaft.

  5. The Seaside council knew of his past when he was hired.

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