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Six months severance for former Eagle County manager

Chris Outcalt
coutcalt@vaildaily.com
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” The county paid more than $150,000 in severance money in January to former County Manager Bruce Baumgartner and Human Resources Director Nora Fryklund.

Officials announced Friday, Dec. 5 that Baumgartner and Fryklund would no longer be working at the county. By Dec. 23, both had signed agreements entitling them to six months pay and other benefit money.

Baumgartner and Fryklund received their final regular paychecks on Dec. 18 and Jan. 2 and were given their severance payments on Jan. 15.

Baumgartner got $80,316.60 ” the equivalent of six months of his pay. He also received $12,201.48 ” nine months worth of his portion of his health insurance payment ” and $2,231.61, which is money he would have saved from participating in the county’s medical flex spending program.

Fryklund was given $57,209.88, her six months pay equivalent; $4,144.28 for seven months of her health insurance contribution, and $5,472.30 ” the amount the county would have contributed to her 401k plan during the six months after she was let go.

Both former employees were also paid for personal days they earned, but didn’t take.

Community Development Director Keith Montag has been working as the acting county manager since Baumgartner left.

The board is in the process of searching for a new manager and doesn’t plan to pay for two at the same time, Commissioner Jon Stavney said.

“In neither case is it likely, nor do we intend to be doubling on costs this year ” to be paying a severance and paying for a new position,” Stavney said.

Commissioner Sara Fisher said paying two managers at the same time is something the board has talked about, but that it hasn’t been the focus of the search.

“Any time that an organization pays out severance there is reason to be conscious about how that impacts the overall costs,” Fisher said. “We’ve talked about that, but haven’t let that drive our decision making.”

The county hired Avon-based Smith Advisors to help with the search for the two positions and has had several discussions about what responsibilities they want the next county manager to have.

The manager is responsible for implementing the commissioners’ policies and the day-to-day management of the county, according to the county Web site.

“What we’ve done is taken an opportunity during these first few months to really spend the time honing in on what we as a board are looking for for the long term,” Fisher said. “We’re not necessarily dragging our feet, but we’re being conscious of the fact that we’ve got a lot of good work that we can do now regardless of whether we have someone in those slots.”

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or coutcalt@vaildaily.com.


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