On the same day that Elon Musk reopened Tesla’s plant in Fremont, California, despite local regulations, the CEO arranged for a new head of production. Musk appointed Richard Miller, Tesla’s former head of paint operations, as head of production at the plant, according to internal emails sent to employees on Monday. It appears that Mr Miller will replace Jatinder Dhillon, a former manufacturing director. CNBC reported in March that Dhillon had left the company, even though his LinkedIn profile still shows him in the company and in the same position.
The promotion comes at a time of chaos for Musk and Tesla. The company’s Fremont electric car assembly plant has been suspended since March 23 because of a ban imposed by Alameda County and Gov. Gavin Newsom. Musk restarted production On Monday, directly contradicting the county’s order.
Tesla had planned to bring 30 percent of its workers back to work on May 8 as part of its restart plan after the State government issued new guidance allowing manufacturers to resume operations. However, Alameda County and several other Bay Area counties extended the ban until the end of May.
Since the ban was extended, Musk has been at war with Alameda County, particularly targeting health officials. Over the weekend, he threatened to sue and pull business out of California. Later in the day, Tesla filed a lawsuit against Alameda County seeking to lift the ban. On Monday, Musk stepped up, announcing on Twitter that he had restarted production.
Musk said he was on the Model X, Model S, Model 3 and Model Y assembly lines and asked for him to be arrested if he was to be arrested for violating the ban. Alameda County said in a statement Monday that it was aware that the Tesla plant was opening longer than the allowed bottom line, that Alameda County was using past methods to deal with violations of the order, and that Alameda County hopes Tesla will follow the same rules without further enforcement action.