Man who ran Red Cliff departs
RED CLIFF – Tiny Red Cliff and its town administrator, Guy Patterson, parted company Monday night after a late-night 5-2 vote by the Town Council. Mayor Ramon Montoya was circumspect in his comments Tuesday about the reasons for the departure, saying only the parting was “amicable,” it was effective immediately and Red Cliff would be seeking a new administrator to oversee the town’s day-to-day operations.
Patterson had held the job in the cash-strapped town of 350 residents for approximately a year-and-a-half. He was hired in May, 2003. Red Cliff’s annual budget is just under $500,000 per year. Patterson, who was one of the sole town employees, was paid approximately $50,000 per year, Montoya said. During Patterson’s tenure the town had persistent problems with its drinking water system that caused the state’s health department to order residents to boil drinking water. It also was cited for wastewater violations.
Both problems, which began before Patterson arrived, were being resolved prior to his departure.Montoya said the town will be re-evaluating the position, adjusting the salary and deciding what duties it will entail.”We’re getting that all worked out,” he said.
Patterson could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or email@example.com