No word yet on Eagle’s long-term manager plan
EAGLE — It’s been more than two weeks since members of the Eagle Town Board suspended Town Manager Jon Stavney, but the group hasn’t yet finalized a severance agreement or announced a long-term plan to find a replacement.
As of this week, Stavney’s status remains “suspended with full pay and benefits.” The Town Board made the announcement Nov. 16, and to date has not provided any details regarding the decision. Town Board members have made no allegations of illegal activity or wrongdoing in their decision to suspend Stavney, and the action appears to be tied to discord between Stavney and the board.
In response to inquiries this week, the board stated its collective support for Eagle Town Clerk Jenny Rakow, who is serving as interim town manager. Rakow began work for Eagle in May of this year.
“Jenny Rakow’s qualifications to serve in an interim capacity include 21 years of experience with co-management and support of town boards, town managers, planning departments, finance officers and human resources at various levels and cumulative experience working with town governments,” said the Town Board in a written statement signed by all seven members. “This includes 16 years working on staffs of Colorado towns similar to ours. The board is also very impressed with the general management skills that Jenny has brought to our town as the town clerk, and the professionalism with which she has stepped up to the job. We have full faith in her capabilities.”
The statement goes on to say that however the Town Board decides to proceed regarding the town manager position, members are focused on managing day-to-day operations and proceeding with special community projects.
“With only one regularly scheduled meeting between now and the first of the year (anticipating that our Dec. 22 meeting will be canceled due to the Christmas holiday), the process for moving forward on the manager’s position will likely begin in earnest with our Jan. 12 meeting,” the statement continued. “In the interim, town staff and board members are working closely with Jenny Rakow to make sure she has what she needs to be successful in her interim roles.”
In the same week that the board suspended Stavney, long-time Eagle Town Engineer Tom Gosiorowski announced he is leaving Eagle after more than 14 years to begin work as the new road and bridge director at Summit County.
In response to Gosiorowski’s announcement, the Town Board released a statement saying, “The board appreciates Tom’s 14 years of service to the town and wishes him well in his new position.”
Additionally, the board noted that with the current staff level and work load in the Eagle engineering department, the town is not anticipating replacing Gosiorowski’s position immediately.
Finally, with the leadership changes resulting from the Stavney suspension and the Gosiorowski departure, the five Eagle Town Board members whose terms will be up for election in April were asked if they planned to seek re-election. Four of the five — Mayor Yuri Kostick and town board members Kevin Brubeck, Sarah Baker and Geoff Grimmer — did not respond. Town Board member Anne McKibbin stated, “Speaking only for myself, my intention is to run again in the April election, pending possible change in circumstances. I have yet to decide whether to run for a trustee seat, or for mayor.”