Avon town manager will resign in February
AVON, Colorado – Larry Brooks, Avon’s town manager for nearly a decade and a town employee for nearly 30 years, Tuesday announced his resignation, effective at the end of February. After that, Brooks will continue to work for the town in an advisory role.
Brooks announced his resignation in a brief statement just as Tuesday’s Avon Town Council meeting began.
Brooks said he’d been working with the council for the last several days on an “exercise” regarding the town’s future. The result of that exercise was a realization that the town needed to “make a change in the face of management.”
Brooks was being paid $151,000 per year as manager, and will be paid as an advisor through the end of the year. He’ll also have a role in choosing his successor.
Brooks said the decision was arrived at as a “group of eight,” meaning council members and himself.
But when approving the new employment agreement with Brooks, it became apparent that there was a 4-3 split on the council regarding his departure.
Kristi Ferraro, Amy Phillips and Mayor Rich Carroll all said they believed the town is making a mistake by letting Brooks resign.
“I’m really saddened by Larry’s decision to resign today,” Phillips said. “I’m having a really hard time imagining finding someone with his experience and dedication.
Carroll actually voted “no” on approving Brooks’ new employment agreement, saying it was the only way to express his views on Brooks’ departure.
“To me, this is a sad day for Avon,” Carroll said.
Brooks said in his advisory role, he might be able to help the town focus more tightly on some of the many issues facing the community in the coming months. He added that not putting in 70-hour work weeks might allow him a better perspective on some of those issues.
“I really look forward to this opportunity,” Brooks said. “I never tire of serving this town.”
After his announcement, Brooks received a hearty handshake from every council member, and he received plenty of hugs from staff members and friends in the audience.
Brooks said those people have his full confidence moving into the future.
“We’re going to give it shot,” Brooks said. “We’re at a time of great potential as a town, and I’m equally confident in the staff.”
After spending some time assuring the council that things would work out, council member Chris Evans, one of the four council members who wanted Brooks to leave, applauded the manager.
“You’re a class act, Larry,” Evans said.
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