Editor’s note, Feb. 8, 11:55 a.m.: Over the weekend, City Manager Chris Constantin was unable to provide any information regarding whether Kistemann was told why he was put on administrative leave or if any efforts were taken to quell rumors regarding his removal, stating “no further disclosure would support the public’s interest in ensuring a complete review of this personnel matter.” Constantin also said that when the process is concluded, “the appropriate public response would be provided.”
As of now, no elected city officials nor Assistant City Manager Brad McKinney have provided comments on the situation. Constantin told SDCP that “we should not expect a city councilmember or employee to violate their obligation to protect an objective evaluation process in either a claim or personnel matter.” It is standard procedure for most organizations to withhold comment about ongoing personnel matters until the issue has been resolved. SDCP will continue to update this story as it evolves.
Editor’s note, Feb. 5, 11:00 p.m.: This story is breaking and will continue to be updated with comment from city officials as they are made available. San Dimas Community Post has reached out to all city councilmembers, Mayor Emmett Badar, City Manager Chris Constantin, Assistant City Manager Brad McKinney and Parks and Recreation Director Hector Kistemann for comment.
Hector Kistemann, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, has filed a claim against the city of San Dimas for $900,000 in damages.
The claim, filed on Jan. 28, alleges the then-Interim City Manager Brad McKinney unfairly removed Kistemann from his position and the current mayor and city councilmembers failed “to promptly address accusations or rumors” surrounding his removal, causing him humiliation, anxiety, stress and other medical issues.
The claim also alleges McKinney failed to promptly address accusations that damaged Kistemann’s reputation and potential for future employment, in addition to several other unnamed individuals who falsely accused Kistemann of improper conduct.
In the claim, Kistemann alleges he still has not been told why he was removed from his position, but that any rumors or allegations regarding “financial impropriety” are false and “used as pretext to remove me from my position.”
The claim also states there was nothing on Kistemann’s personnel file regarding allegations of misconduct, financial misdeeds or insubordination.
Kistemann has been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 14, 2020. Currently, Assistant City Manager Brad McKinney is overseeing the Parks and Recreation Department.
McKinney said the Parks and Recreation Department has continued its normal operations.
Kistemann is being represented by attorney Ronald T. Vera in Claremont.
Councilmember Ryan Vienna declined to comment and referred San Dimas Community Post to the city manager and city attorney.
Layla Abbas contributed to this story.