FOSTER CITY (CBS SF/BCN) — During a closed session Tuesday, the Foster City City Council fired City Manager Peter Pirnejad and named Foster City Police Chief Tracy Avelar as the acting city manager.

In a news release Wednesday, city officials said the council exercised its option to terminate Pirnejad’s employment effective immediately.

READ MORE: UPDATE: Thousands Forced To Flee Fawn Fire; New Evacuations Ordered South Of Shasta Lake

Such an action does not require the council to identify the cause, city officials said. No additional information was provided about why Pirnejad was fired.

Peter Pirnejad (Courtesy of Foster City)

Since it comes within the first 24 months of the contract, the city is required to pay Pirnejad severance pay equivalent to nine months of his base salary.

READ MORE: PG&E Charged With Manslaughter For Sparking Zogg Fire That Killed 4

Avelar’s appointment is also effective immediately and will last until an interim city manager can be found.

The city council appointed Pirnejad to the position back in December of last year. He replaced another controversial city manager, Jeff Moneda, who resigned that April.

MORE NEWS: Three Charged With Allegedly Ripping Off $2 Million In EDD Unemployment Benefits

© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.