Council voices support for city manager after closed-door meeting

Burbank City Manager Mark Scott came out of a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday with the “unanimous support” of the City Council, the mayor said.

After the discussion in closed session, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy Tuesday announced the City Council’s full support for Burbank’s top executive.

“We had, I thought, a very frank discussion and a good give-and-take, and it was the conclusion of that meeting to give our unanimous support to the city manager,” Gabel-Luddy said.

Councilman Bob Frutos made the request to discuss Scott’s performance a week earlier, though he declined to reveal why or comment further.

The request, however, came after weeks of resident criticism centered around mistakes made in the city’s public outreach efforts regarding the issue of group homes in residential neighborhoods.

A barrage of complaints at one meeting prompted Scott to call Burbank “a very frustrating place to work.”

Scott, who has been Media City’s top executive for roughly eight months, was plucked from the city of Fresno, where he spent three years as city manager. Before that, he led the cities of Beverly Hills, Spartanburg, S.C., and Culver City.

-- Alene Tchekmedyian,

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