Council Votes to Sell Home of Former Official
The City Council has decided to sell a house that it acquired from the former city manager when he resigned in March.
The council voted unanimously Monday night in closed session to place the Wotkyns Drive property on the market, giving former manager Philip Hawkey until Sept. 15 to move out of the house, which overlooks the Rose Bowl. He had rented the home from the city since his departure as city manager.
In 1991, the city gave Hawkey a $366,000 loan toward the purchase of the $615,000 home, at the height of a real estate boom. Hawkey contributed a $70,000 down payment and paid the mortgage throughout his tenure.
But when Hawkey resigned as part of a severance deal, the council agreed to reimburse him the $70,000 down payment and take over the mortgage payments. The deal, struck to avoid potential litigation, included a $275,000 payment to Hawkey to buy out his contract.