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Maywood’s interim city manager resigns in wake of Bell salary scandal

July 30, 2010 |  4:06 pm

Angela Spaccia has resigned as Maywood's interim city manager, according to a city spokeswoman.

Spaccia also was second-in-command in Bell, where the hefty salaries of top officials stirred public outrage and calls for investigations. She resigned from her job in Bell last week. As Bell's assistant city manager, she made $376,288, a salary above that of most city managers.

In an e-mail to City Council members, Spaccia said she was resigning out of concern that the growing media attention would detract from Maywood's ability to move forward with the financial and structural reforms needed, said city spokeswoman Magdalena Prado.

Her departure from Maywood, though, leaves the city without a leader.

She had been serving as Maywood's top executive since February. For the first three months, she worked without any pay from Maywood as part of a mutual-aid agreement with the city of Bell. Beginning in May, Maywood began paying the city of Bell $10,000 a month for her services. That was part of a three-month contract that would have ended Aug. 12.

Spaccia oversaw Maywood's dramatic decision last month to lay off virtually every city employee and disband its Police Department. All day-to-day municipal operations were outsourced to Bell for $50,833 a month. Prado said that agreement would not be affected by Spaccia's departure.

Despite the negative media attention, Prado said Spaccia had performed well while with the city and helped bring it back from the brink of bankruptcy. She said the City Council would begin an immediate search for a permanent city manager.

For The Times' complete coverage of Bell, see latimes.com/Bell.

-- Abby Sewell

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