Eagle Town Board suspends manager
EAGLE — After a special executive session held Monday morning, the Eagle Town Board has suspended Town Manager Jon Stavney and reportedly launched the process to terminate his employment.
A sparsely worded statement issued late Monday afternoon said the town board had “voted unanimously to suspend Jon Stavney from his position as town manager and town treasurer with full pay and benefits.”
“As this is a personnel matter, the board and staff are unable to comment any further on the matter,” said Eagle Mayor Pro Tem Anne McKibbin.
The town has not provided any reasons for its decision. Sources involved in the issue have noted Stavney was not accused or suspected of illegal activity or wrongdoing. The decision is reportedly tied to conflict between the town manager and the board. The town board recently hired Chris Moffatt to conduct an evaluation of Stavney’s performance.
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Stavney also declined comment on the issue at this time. No information about how the town board will proceed has been announced. Town Clerk Jenny Rakow as been appointed interim town manager and town treasurer.
Stavney has a employment contract with the town of that specifies he will receive a six-month salary severance package if his employment is terminated, without cause.
Stavney started work as Eagle’s town manager in 2013 following the retirement of Willy Powell after a 30-year tenure. Prior to his hiring, Stavney was twice elected Eagle County commissioner. He also served two terms as a member of the Eagle Town Board and one term as Eagle Mayor.
The action comes just six months before five members of the seven-member Eagle Town Board will be up for election. Mayor Yuri Kostick and members Anne McKibbin, Kevin Brubeck, Sarah Baker and Geoff Grimmer all must seek re-election in April. Members Grimmer, Brubeck and Baker were appointed to the town board in the past two years, with Grimmer being the most recent appointee. He joined the board in September.
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