Other commissioners, including Dick Blattner and Patricia Asseff, who last week said they stood behind their city manager, on Wednesday expressed concern Hewett had withheld information from them.
“All I knew was that he had gotten a DUI,” said Blattner.
“It puts us all in all in a very precarious position,” added Asseff.
O’Sheehan said when Hewett called her, he simply told her he had been charged with DUI. It wasn’t until last week that she learned where he had been before he was pulled over, the time of the arrest and the results of the blood-alcohol tests, O’Sheehan said.
Hewett should have been let go immediately, O’Sheehan said, but City Attorney Jeff Sheffel advised the commission to hold off on the matter because anything they did could impact Hewett’s defense.
Hewett has hired his own attorney and declined comment.
As an “at-will’’ employee, Hewett can be fired by the commission without any cause, Sheffel said.
However, the contract called for Hewett to devote a minimum of two years to the city “unless there occur special circumstances when it may be in the best interests of the commission and the city manager to separate in a shorter time.’’
The contract also says if Hewett were convicted of a felony or any crime involving “moral turpitude,’’ he would not be entitled to the severance package.
Hewett has not been convicted of any crime.
If Hewett chooses to resign, he would not be eligible for the 20-week severance package; however he could negotiate a deal with the city.
The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Blvd.