HAWTHORNE — City Manager Kenneth Jue said last week that he will "more than likely" give a maximum 30-day suspension to his second-in-command, James H. Mitsch, for disobeying a 1983 order to get rid a private surveying firm that Mitsch owned.
Jue said he knew early this year that Mitsch had not followed his order.
He said he decided to act now, after publication of an article in The Times last week about Mitsch's involvement in Centinela Valley Engineering Co. Jue said the article "maybe . . . just hastened what I should have done in the first place."
Grand Jury Report
In the early summer of 1983, Jue ordered Mitsch to end his connection with Centinela Valley Engineering, after the Los Angeles County Grand Jury in a report on Hawthorne city government criticized Mitsch's role in the firm as a possible conflict of interest.
The city manager said the proposed punishment does not deal with what he called indications that Mitsch's firm had done surveying work in Hawthorne, which Jue said would be a conflict of interest. Mitsch, as city engineer, approves construction projects.