Eagle town manager re-appointed
EAGLE, Colorado –Shortly after being sworn in Tuesday night, newly elected Eagle Town Board members Scott Turnipseed and Scot Webster, and re-elected incumbent Mikel “Pappy” Kerst, together with the continuing board members, were presented with a standard list of two-year re-appointments for town attorney, town clerk, municipal judge and town manager.
But that routine business matter sparked a bit of debate this week. Town Clerk Marilene Miller, Town Attorney Ed Sands and Municipal Judge Buck Allen were re-appointed without discussion. However, Eagle resident Donna Meyer and Brandi Resa, who was unsuccessful in her election bid for town board, both urged the board not to re-appoint longtime town manager Willy Powell.
“Many of us feel it is time for change,” said Meyer.
Turnipseed asked for clarification about the appointment process, noting that as a new town board member he finds it strange that he needed to act on a re-appointment without having the benefit of actually working with Powell. Turnipseed noted he had no issues with Powell and said he looks forward to working with him as a town board member.
“I respect Willy Powell the utmost. I think the world of him,” Turnipseed said.
However, at the same time, Turnipseed said he simply didn’t have any experience to draw on to make a re-appointment decision. Turnipseed asked if Powell has a contract with the town.
“I have never worked under a contract,” responded Powell. “It’s been my position that I would earn the confidence of the town board.”
Ultimately, the town board voted unanimously to re-appoint Powell to a one-year term to give new members a chance to work with him before voting on another re-appointment.
“Over the next several years, we are going to have a succession plan,” said Mayor Ed Woodland, noting that Powell will eventually retire from the post he has held for more than two decades. “But I think experience counts and you don’t just throw away 25-plus years of service to the town.”