By LORI A. CARTER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Petaluma’s public works director has been terminated, making him the second department head to part ways with the city in the past few weeks.
Vince Marengo was terminated on Jan. 12, City Manager John Brown confirmed. He declined to be more specific, citing personnel confidentiality laws.
“I’m not at liberty to discuss the terms of his separation,” he said.
Marengo, who had been with the city for more than six years, couldn’t be reached for comment. He was paid about $147,000 annually and supervised a public works budget of more than $22 million, including large-scale roads projects.
Brown said he looking at combining the public works job with the director of the city’s water and wastewater department, a position currently being filled on an interim basis.
The city is also seeking a replacement for Marc Puckett, who served as the finance director for about two months.
Puckett was hired in late 2010, about a year after he resigned as finance director of the Orange County city of Costa Mesa. He was previous placed on leave with Costa Mesa, but the reason was never publicly disclosed.
He left earlier this month after delivering a dreary five-year budget outlook to the City Council. City Hall sources said Puckett had family matters that required him to be closer to Southern California.
Puckett was recently hired as the finance director for the town of Apple Valley in San Bernardino County.
Brown is recruiting for a new finance director at a salary of about $140,000.
Susan Mahoney was hired as interim finance director after previous jobs with Indio and Citrus Heights.