New Kremmling trustees terminate town manager
May 15, 2018
Late last month Kremmling's Town Trustees voted to terminate the employment of Town Manager Mark Campbell in a four-to-two vote that was among the first acts of the newly sworn in town board.
In early April the town of Kremmling held a municipal election that saw four new trustees and a new mayor installed by the voters of the community. On April 18 those individuals were sworn into office and shortly thereafter the new trustees took up the issue of Campbell's tenure as town manager.
According to meeting minutes from the late April board meeting Trustee David Sammons moved to terminate Campbell's employment with the municipal government. The meeting minutes notes Sammons intention to terminate Campbell's contract under a section that allows the board to terminate the contract at any time without cause.
The discussion between the board and Campbell notes that termination without cause implies that severance would be paid to Campbell after his termination. The motion to end Campbell's tenure was seconded by newly sworn-in Trustee Leo Pesch. The board vote on the issue, which did not include a vote from the town's new Mayor Grover Pryor, featured all four newly installed Trustees, including Sammons, Pesch, Erik Woog and Holly Martinson, voting in favor of termination with Trustees Gina Schroeder and Jason Wikberg voting against the measure.
The meeting minutes from April 18 state that Woog, "thanked Campbell for his service to the community. Sammons thanked him for his service as well."
In follow up interviews Woog said the newly elected board members had discussed the direction of the town and, "didn't feel like Mark was the right choice for the direction the town wanted to go," Woog said.
The other members of the town board who voted in favor of terminating Campbell either declined to comment on this story or did not return requests for comment. Likewise Campbell declined to comment on this story.
KKCO News listed Campbell, who was initially hired as Kremmling's town manager in early 2013, as one of two finalists for the role of Town Administrator for Palisade on April 21.