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*UPDATE* Leavenworth City Administrator Fired

December 04, 2009

 

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Leavenworth Administrator fired

Friday Morning—IKW
 
Details remain limited surrounding the firing of

Leavenworth’s City Administrator, David Torgler. Reporter Isaac Kaplan-Woolner has the

latest:

 
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       KOHO News will continue to follow this story as details emerge. Join the

discussion and leave you comments online at www.kohoradio.com.

 
 
 
“On November 20th, just 10 months after joining the city of Leavenworth, Administrator David

Torgler was placed on paid administrative leave by Mayor Rob Eaton. Eaton said that Torgler will not be returning

to his position after the 30 day period ends.

Eaton said he decided to terminate Torgler after lengthy discussion with city

council. The mayor said the decision to relieve Torgler of his duties was not reached lightly, and that he has the

unanimous support of the council.

style="font-size: 14pt">Councilman Michael Molohon declined to comment on the firing, saying only that the Mayor

discussed the issue in executive session with the council, but that the power to fire city employees rests with

the Mayor. No vote was taken by council.

       Mayor Eaton said for legal reasons he is unable to discuss the

specifics of why Torgler was fired, saying only that the city is “choosing a different direction.”

Eaton said the city is going forward with a search “of some type” for a new

administrator.

In an interview with the Leavenworth Echo, Torgler said the Mayor fired him suddenly, and that it came as a

complete shock. Torgler has yet to return calls made by KOHO News.

Mayor Eaton said the firing is based on general concerns, and

that there is no one specific incident that prompted his decision. He said he cannot comment on Torgler’s

overall job performance. But he did say he had spoken to Torgler over the summer about “various issues that

needed to be worked on,” though the Mayor declined to elaborate.

       The City Administrator’s

termination comes amid city council budgetary discussions and the decision whether or not to drop the

Mayor’s pay back down from $5000 to $1000 per month January 1st. Mayor Eaton was given the

temporary full-time pay raise when the city was originally searching for a new city administrator. Now the city is

in that position once again.

"font-size: 14pt">But Mayor Eaton said firing Torgler has no budgetary bearing, has no bearing on the issue of

the mayoral compensation package, and was a completely independent decision. Eaton said the City Administrator is

paid roughly $105,000 per year.

"font-size: 14pt">Until the position is filled Mayor Eaton said the city will operate a person short. In the

mean time, Eaton said he will take over or oversee delegation of Torgler’s duties.”

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