The old saying is that two heads are better than one. Extending that same logic, are two jobs better than one?

Not in the case of Alameda’s city attorney, Teresa Highsmith.  She’s found herself in hot water with the city after it became public that she was seeking a second job as city attorney, this time in Barstow.

While Highsmith claims that nothing in her contract prevents her from taking a second job on a part-time basis, the City Council still took action against the option. They voted to put her on indefinite administrative leave.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

What do breezy, bayside Alameda and arid, landlocked Barstow have in common? Nothing. Except their city attorney.

Alameda’s city attorney, Teresa Highsmith, took a job as city attorney in Barstow on Dec. 20 without quitting her six-figure-salary job in Alameda. Soon Highsmith will be collecting two paychecks.

“We were blindsided,” said Alameda City Councilwoman Lena Tam. “We’re not sure what happened. Right now we’re still in a fact-finding mode.”

Read the full article here.