Board ﬁres Garﬁeld County manager
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – In a move aimed at reorganizing the way Garfield County government operates, county commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to fire county manager Ed Green, ending his nearly 14 years of service with the county.
“It was a bit of a surprise,” Green said after the decision, adding that he had no forewarning of the commissioners’ action prior to Tuesday.
“We had just finished contract negotiations about a month ago,” Green said of his contract renewal in November, at an annual salary of more than $133,000.
“At that time, the conclusion was positive that I would be here for the next few years,” he said.
The move came after the Garfield Board of County Commissioners returned to public session from a closed-door meeting called to discuss unspecified contract matters with county attorney Andrew Gorgey.
The decision to part ways with Green is in line with the board’s ongoing assessment of the county’s organizational structure, said County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky, who made the motion to terminate Green’s contract “without cause.”
“I do this not lightly and want to acknowledge your services to the county,” he said to Green in making the motion. “The county has made great leaps and bounds under your direction, and I wish you success in the future.”
Jankovsky added in a follow-up interview, “I have a great deal of respect for the work he has done. … He brought Garfield County from being a mom-and-pop county to a professionally administered county.”
Green, 62, was placed on paid administrative leave for 30 days in accordance with his contract agreement although the termination was effective immediately.
He also will receive an additional six months’ severance pay plus continued health-insurance coverage for that same period.
Gorgey was appointed interim county manager at least until Feb. 29, when the board hopes to make some decisions about future county administration.
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