The top administrator in Huntington Park stepped down this week after city officials learned his employment appeared to violate state retirement rules.
Interim City Manager Raul Romero was notified by CalPERS last Thursday that he had exceeded the number of hours retired employees may work while still collecting pension benefits. He resigned Monday.
Romero said he had retired from the City of Commerce in 2002 and continued working through his consulting company, R&R Municipal Solutions, over the last decade. He said he was not aware his job in Huntington Park would be an issue because he considered himself an independent contractor.
"I have been in business now for a number of years, and it was never a problem before," he said.
Huntington Park hired Romero last fall under an agreement that paid him $18,500 a month. Before that, Romero had been serving as interim city administrator in La Puente. He also receives a CalPERS pension of about $71,000 a year.