An employee with the city of Adelanto is accusing Councilman Ed Camargo of creating a hostile work environment. In her email sent July 9, 2015, and obtained by atombash.com through a California Public Records Act request, Lilly Salcido discusses the issues of working out of class due to long-term vacancies and the treatment she received from Camargo in response to her request for salary commensurate with her duties.
Salcido works in the city manager’s office as a management analyst but since 2013 has taken on extra duties due to the departure of the city’s human resources director. Salcido’s base salary is $59,368 while the HR director’s salary is $97,850. The city limited Salcido’s out-of-class pay to an extra $1.43 an hour, which translates to $2,974.40 per year.
Salcido says she continued to take on the extra duties for 30 months because “I love my job. I enjoy my job and what I do and I have such a great desire to see Adelanto become a better City.” She says she discussed her concerns with former City Manager Jim Hart and Mayor Rich Kerr (upon Hart’s departure) among others in an effort to create a new position for her in light of the additional responsibilities.
When the matter came up at a city council meeting in July, Salcido says Camargo “publically [sic] humiliated” her. “Before you take the lead to openly and freely discuss my abilities, experience (25 Years specializing in Customer and Employee Services) and insult my intelligence please review everything I have provided to staff in respect to my current job roles.”
Salcido’s two-page email goes on to detail interactions with the councilman including Camargo asking her to help with little league fundraising and other personal matters on city time and asking her supervisor if he could date Salcido, the latter of which Salcido suggests could be among the reasons for her treatment. She says she was glad to help Camargo with the little league projects but had no interest in dating him.
“Or is it you have a personal issue with me because you wanted to go out with me and I told you NO and that it would be a conflict of interest given my position and your current role in the Council. Yet you still went behind my back to ask Jim [Hart] permission to date me and had the sacristy [sic] to come tell me you had Jim’s permission,” wrote Salcido.
The email was sent by Salcido to Camargo and cc’d to the remaining councilmen. All of the councilmen were asked for a response by atombash.com. Mayor Richard Kerr had this to say:
I as the Mayor of Adelanto will not speculate nor will I confirm the allegations made against Councilmen Ed Camargo at this time as it is under investigation and it would be premature for me to form an opinion. Nevertheless, with that being said, I would like to make it perfectly clear that I will not tolerate any inappropriate misconduct by anyone on our City Council or within any City Departments.
The facts will speak for themselves as they come to light. For me to pre-judge anyone in this case would be the wrong message to send to the citizens of Adelanto.
Councilman John Woodard, Jr., echoed the mayor’s sentiments in that he did not want to comment on the accusations. But he did write, “[T]he rest of the city council continues to bring positive change to the city in the form of development and growth and a new positive atmosphere like Adelanto hasn’t witnessed in decades.”