Milpitas fast-tracked the firing of City Attorney Mike Ogaz and his staff in a 3-1 vote last week, laying the groundwork to completely outsource legal counsel. Vice Mayor Carmen Montano dissented and Councilman Garry Barbadillo, who voiced concern about the motive behind the termination, didn’t even bother to show up for the July 1 closed session. No surprise, the fiasco reignited rumors that this was all City Manager Tom Williams’ way of getting back at Ogaz for putting him “in the crosshairs” over a personnel complaint filed some months earlier. But the breakneck speed of the breakup appeared to catch even Ogaz off guard. The newly laid-off lawyer said the agenda item that ended his eight-year tenure only indicated that the council would vote on whether to put out a call for bids, not whether it would eliminate an entire three-person department. Councilwoman Debbie Giordano, an out-and-proud Williams ally and head of an ad hoc committee tasked with picking apart the cost of in-house legal services, said that aim was implied. Ostensibly to save money, the bid to contract out legal help has raised suspicions mostly because of the timing. The divided vote came after months of internal conflict at City Hall between Williams and Ogaz, who had to pack up with assistant attorney Johnny Phan and their executive assistant Susan Barrett. Ogaz must’ve felt the heat, though, considering the tension had been building over repeated allegations from employees that Williams created a hostile work environment, especially for mid-to-upper management. The complaint Ogaz brought to Milpitas electeds back in April came from then-Planning and Neighborhood Services Director Steve McHarris, who, according to City Hall insiders, accused Williams of trying to meddle with his retirement benefits before leaving for a job with the city of San Jose. The Ogaz ouster proves, yet again, that nobody leaves Milpitas without Williams making sure the door hits them on the way out.