December 04, 2009
Leavenworth Administrator fired
Leavenworth’s City Administrator, David Torgler. Reporter Isaac Kaplan-Woolner has the
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discussion and leave you comments online at www.kohoradio.com.
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.
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.
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
complete shock. Torgler has yet to return calls made by KOHO News.
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.
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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