Jim Maher

Kirk Effinger: People deserve answers on high-profile dismissals

News of the firing of former CEO Larry Anderson this past week by the Tri-City Healthcare District Board of Directors no doubt brought some sense of vindication to former board members Randy Horton and Kathleen Sterling, two of Anderson’s most vocal critics.

Mayor stresses Escondido’s finances at public hearing

Mayor stresses Escondido’s finances at public hearing

ESCONDIDO — When peppered with questions about public safety, the city’s former police chief, and library hours from concerned citizens, Mayor Sam Abed stressed the challenges and recent successes of balancing the city’s budget at a public hearing on Oct. 9.

Severance of former Escondido Police Chief withheld

ESCONDIDO — Speaking publicly for the first time since his sudden retirement last year, former Escondido Chief of Police Jim Maher issued a statement claiming that he was forced to retire and that the city is withholding half of his severance payment.

Kirk Effinger: Who’s minding city’s pocketbook is real issue

While attending a small gathering the other day I had occasion to briefly visit with Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and, engaging in a bit of political small talk, asked him how he thought his reelection campaign was going.

Former Escondido Police Chief’s severance deal released

ESCONDIDO — Former Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher’s sealed severance package contained a $150,000 payment and strict confidentially rules prohibiting him from speaking about his sudden retirement and from participating in city affairs.