Portola Valley: Town official departs abruptly


The staff at Town Hall in Portola Valley is one person smaller with the abrupt departure of Assistant Town Manager Janet McDougall after four years with the town.

An email to Ms. McDougall yielded the following reply: "The Assistant Town Manager position has been vacated. If you need assistance, please contact Angela Howard, the town manager."

In a telephone interview, Ms. Howard acknowledged that Ms. McDougall "is no longer with the town."

Asked if Ms. McDougall left voluntarily, Ms. Howard responded that "it's a personnel matter and I'm not really at liberty to give out details. It's not that big a deal. People come and go all the time."

Asked if Ms. McDougall had given notice, Ms. Howard replied: "I'm not going to discuss it with you."

Ms. McDougall, reached by phone at her home, said she had no comment other than to say that she left her office after half a day's work on Friday, Aug. 26.


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Posted by Shane
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

It's the old "it's a personnel matter" excuse. These people work for the public and the public deserves to know why someone was (probably) forced out. "I'm not going to discuss it with you." Such impudence! Time to exert Freedom of Information Act.

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Posted by William
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Aug 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Angela Howard chased her out, bet you . She is MEAN to everyone . As you can see by her comments . Half the town of Portola Valley can't wait to see Angela GO ! Yes , we have a right to know what happen .

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Posted by Anne
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Sep 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I'd leave too ! The poor woman probably had enough of the Town dictator , Angela Howard ! If people come and go all the time perhaps Angela should go !

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