The issue at hand is whether or not the City Council should approve the selection of an investigator in open session given the limits placed on the City Manager's authority to purchase services or supplies.
According to the Municipal Code, Mr. Danielson must seek City Council approval to spend $15,000 or more for services or supplies of any kind, and he must do so publicly.
Mr. Danielson who doesn't seem to be well informed of the ordinance has insisted that he has "authority to investigate this matter thoroughly and completely".
In a terse e-mail to the gentleman requesting the matter be put before the City Council Mr. Danielson also stated that he has "no plans to bring the matter be council at this time".
In recent communications, it also appears as though Mr. Danielson wants to stick around for quite some time. One subtle but significant signal of his intention is the fact that he has dropped the preface of "Interim" when he refers to his job title.
If Mr. Danielson doesn't respect the will of the Council or of the community he'll get a very real sense of how short the shelf life of a city manager can be here in Atherton.