Eagle town manager placed on ‘indefinite paid administrative leave’
EAGLE — Eagle Town Manager John Schneiger was placed on “indefinite paid administrative leave” on Tuesday by the Eagle Town Board.
Town board members declined to elaborate about the purpose for the action, which was announced at the conclusion of a more than one-hour executive session. Schneiger was present for part of the closed-door session but left the room roughly a half hour before the board reconvened in open session.
Schneiger has served as Eagle town manager since May 2016, and this is his second paid administrative action in the past month.
When contacted Wednesday morning, Schneiger said he was grateful for the opportunity and also declined additional comment regarding the situation.
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On April 30, Schneiger began a two-week paid suspension from his job while the town board selected an independent, outside consultant to conduct his one-year performance review. The review included interviews with staff and board members. The review was completed and Schneiger returned to work May 15. Tuesday night’s session was the first town board meeting since members received Schneiger’s evaluation results.
After making the announcement regarding Schneiger’s indefinite leave, the town board appointed Town Planner Tom Boni as acting town manager. Additionally, Mayor Anne McKibbin noted that both herself and Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Brubeck will be out of town for the next week. The board appointed member Mikel “Pappy” Kerst as acting Mayor Pro Tem during McKibbin and Brubeck’s absences.
This is the second time in two years the Eagle Town Board has suspended its manager. In November 2015, the previous town board suspended former manager Jon Stavney. When Stavney officially resigned as Eagle town manager in December 2015, under the terms of a negotiated agreement, the town paid him five months of his regular salary, along with accrued vacation and sick time. The total, after taxes, was $39,052.
Stavney is now employed as the executive director of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments.
Stavney’s suspension brought out a crowd of Eagle residents to protest the move and was controversial at the time because it came six months before five members of the seven-member board were up for election. Under Colorado statute, when a new board is elected, one of its first actions is to consider the appointment of town officers, which includes approving or rejecting the employment of the town manager. The outgoing board selected Schneiger as the new town manager at the meeting immediately prior to the election of the new board.