Baird ends tenure as Granby manager
The Town of Granby is currently without a town manager.
The tenure of former Granby Town Manager Wally Baird ended last week on Thursday July 14. Baird’s departure from the local municipal government follows a June 2016 decision from the Granby Board of Trustees not to renew Baird’s contract as Town Manager when it expired in mid-July. The Board approved a three-month severance package for Baird.
The Town of Granby is now preparing for the process of selecting a new town manager. Granby Mayor Paul Chavoustie confirmed the Town will not to hire an interim town manager as they work through the process of finding Baird’s replacement.
“In the past the Town has run more than one-year without a town manager,” said Chavoustie. “Everyone is very experienced in their positions and I am picking up extra tasks.”
The Board vote not to renew Baird’s contract occurred in an open session of the Board on June 14 following an executive session held by the Board to discuss the issue. The move not to renew Baird’s contract was approved unanimously by the Board with Trustee Becky Johnson abstaining.
Baird’s contract as town manager was historically automatically renewed on an annual basis every July. His contract required some form of affirmative action on the Board’s part to prevent automatic renewal.
Mayor Chavoustie declined to provide an explanation of the Boards decision, citing the fact that discussions on the matter were held in executive session.
Baird’s last day as town manager for Granby, July 14, also marked his eighth anniversary to the day of starting work for the community. Baird was hired as Town Manager for Granby in 2008 and prior to moving to Grand County served as Town Manager of Bethel, Ala.
Baird, a Utah native, plans to remain in Grand County and is looking ahead towards retirement.
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