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City manager on leave pending exit - Fort Morgan Times

There are 46 comments on the Fort Morgan Times story from Jan 5, 2011, titled City manager on leave pending exit - Fort Morgan Times. In it, Fort Morgan Times reports that:

City manager on leave pending exit Water code goes back to planners By DAN BARKER Times Staff Writer Fort Morgan City Manager Pat Merrill is on administrative leave, and the Fort Morgan City Council decided to send a proposed new water code back to the Water Advisory Board Tuesday.

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Wonderingoutloud

Omaha, NE

#1 Jan 5, 2011
Woo Hoo!!! City council finally grew some and got rid of the tyrant.
Worried resident

Lafayette, CO

#2 Jan 5, 2011
Thank you City council members for your actions. This man was a detriment to the safety and efficiency of our little community. I salute you.
FM native

Denver, CO

#3 Jan 5, 2011
Boy, there have been an awful lot of tyrants. Maybe it is not the multitude of managers that are the tyrants.
Happy

Salida, CO

#4 Jan 5, 2011
Way to go City Council!
soonergirl

Omaha, NE

#5 Jan 5, 2011
na,na,na,na,na,na,na,na,hey,he y,hey, goodbye
justanobserver

Denver, CO

#6 Jan 5, 2011
I'll reserve judgment until Holland posts on this. Then I'll take the position opposite of his. But it will be interesting to see what poison he writes. We know he hates Wells most of all, and we'll get to read about that. But who will he side with-council or Merrill? That is the million dollar question.
Colorado N8ive

Columbia, MO

#7 Jan 5, 2011
Hallelujah! It's about time that someone steps up to the plate and stops the insanity!! There are too many good people being treated like crap while crooks and thieves run rampant!
Wonderingoutloud

Omaha, NE

#8 Jan 5, 2011
No one who knows anything is going to side with Merrill. Justanobserver must be uninformed. Don't let others thoughts cloud your judgement.
FM "Naive". Others did not raise to level of tyrant. When you start finding out the truth, you will know what a tyrant is.
Thad

Brush, CO

#9 Jan 5, 2011
I wonder what the straw was, that broke the camels back?
Well deserved

Loveland, CO

#10 Jan 5, 2011
Eventually karma kicks you right where you deserve it.
local guy

Denver, CO

#11 Jan 5, 2011
I know people that worked for the city that were treated very poorly by Merrill. This is a great move by the council. This should not be the only city management employees to go, hope a few more are to come soon! Merrill had put the city at great risk for lawsuits.
Danni

AOL

#12 Jan 5, 2011
Well it seems that Mr Merrill did not kiss the right butt or he would not be leaving on his own accord or at the request of the city council
System broken

Loveland, CO

#13 Jan 5, 2011
I would encourage the City Council to value and encourage feedback from city employees, rather than there being threats and restrictions regarding conversations between these important parties. I think Merrill may have felt protected in his ridiculous treatment of others because of the layers that were created and off-limits.
Indeed

Loveland, CO

#14 Jan 5, 2011
local guy wrote:
I know people that worked for the city that were treated very poorly by Merrill. This is a great move by the council. This should not be the only city management employees to go, hope a few more are to come soon! Merrill had put the city at great risk for lawsuits.
There are a few of his recruits still on the payroll.
Fort

Lafayette, CO

#15 Jan 5, 2011
justanobserver wrote:
I'll reserve judgment until Holland posts on this. Then I'll take the position opposite of his. But it will be interesting to see what poison he writes. We know he hates Wells most of all, and we'll get to read about that. But who will he side with-council or Merrill? That is the million dollar question.
Who is Holland? I believe this person is also long gone from here.
William R Holland

Conrath, WI

#16 Jan 5, 2011
I'm honored that "justanobserver" wanted to wait for my comments. Too bad he/she doesn't have the integrity to use their real name as I do. Oh well, the world is full of "chicken littles".
At least Mayor Terry McAlister and the City Council have learned how to professionally fire a city manager - if that's what happend - by not making a public spectacle of it like they did when McAlister motioned in open session to fire former city manager in 2008.
As for Merrill's departure, I agree with the other bloggers. From what I've been told by numerous Fort Morgan residents and city employees, his time and usefullness had expired.
His departure does however raise some serious questions for the residents of Fort Morgan to ponder.
1. Who will run community interference and protect the city treasurer from her "alleged" past finacial misteps in the private sector now that Merrill is gone?
2. Has anyone on the council checked with the Colorado Bar Association to determine if the city attorney can legally assume an interim position? Talk about a future potential conflict of interest. That's like putting the sligh, little fox in the hen house.
3. Why wasn't Police Chief Keith Kuretich asked again to be the interim city manager? The city council highly complimented him the last time he held the position? What's changed? Maybe Kuretich has learned from his mistake and wanted no part of the circus at city hall this time.
4. I can only bet Michael Nagy, whom Merrill replaced, is laughing his you-know-what off. So much for the competence level of the council.
5. If memory serves me correctly, wasn't it Fort Morgan's current mayor and city attorney who flew to Michigan in 2008 and spent thousands of taxpayer dollars to "fully" check Merrill out and then reccomended to the council that he be hired? Now that was money well spent, wasn't it?
6. When you read the story closely again, you will notice that Lyn Deal DID talk about what happened in executive session even though she told Dan Barker she wouldn't. She never has been very good at keeping her mouth shut, now has she?
At least one good thing will come from Merrill's departure. The average life expectancy of a city manager in Fort Morgan went up about three months to approximately 27 months. That should bode well for the next unlucky victim (city manager).
So long for now.
Paid Leave

Loveland, CO

#17 Jan 5, 2011
Hope he gave the same to some of the great employees that he ran off.
William R Holland

Conrath, WI

#18 Jan 5, 2011
Justanobserver,

Just to set the record staight. I don't hate City Attorney Jeff Wells. I just don't have any respect for him after he put former City Clerk Andrea Strand "under the bus" for what I believe was his desperate attempt to mislead the Court during the City v. Times lawsuit. Hopefully Wells sleeps well at night knowing that if he HAD told the truth while under oath, the outcome may have been different.
Fort

Lafayette, CO

#19 Jan 5, 2011
William R Holland wrote:
I'm honored that "justanobserver" wanted to wait for my comments. Too bad he/she doesn't have the integrity to use their real name as I do. Oh well, the world is full of "chicken littles".
At least Mayor Terry McAlister and the City Council have learned how to professionally fire a city manager - if that's what happend - by not making a public spectacle of it like they did when McAlister motioned in open session to fire former city manager in 2008.
As for Merrill's departure, I agree with the other bloggers. From what I've been told by numerous Fort Morgan residents and city employees, his time and usefullness had expired.
His departure does however raise some serious questions for the residents of Fort Morgan to ponder.
1. Who will run community interference and protect the city treasurer from her "alleged" past finacial misteps in the private sector now that Merrill is gone?
2. Has anyone on the council checked with the Colorado Bar Association to determine if the city attorney can legally assume an interim position? Talk about a future potential conflict of interest. That's like putting the sligh, little fox in the hen house.
3. Why wasn't Police Chief Keith Kuretich asked again to be the interim city manager? The city council highly complimented him the last time he held the position? What's changed? Maybe Kuretich has learned from his mistake and wanted no part of the circus at city hall this time.
4. I can only bet Michael Nagy, whom Merrill replaced, is laughing his you-know-what off. So much for the competence level of the council.
5. If memory serves me correctly, wasn't it Fort Morgan's current mayor and city attorney who flew to Michigan in 2008 and spent thousands of taxpayer dollars to "fully" check Merrill out and then reccomended to the council that he be hired? Now that was money well spent, wasn't it?
6. When you read the story closely again, you will notice that Lyn Deal DID talk about what happened in executive session even though she told Dan Barker she wouldn't. She never has been very good at keeping her mouth shut, now has she?
At least one good thing will come from Merrill's departure. The average life expectancy of a city manager in Fort Morgan went up about three months to approximately 27 months. That should bode well for the next unlucky victim (city manager).
So long for now.
Thanks for checing in on us! Great points!
Moore

Lafayette, CO

#20 Jan 5, 2011
System broken wrote:
I would encourage the City Council to value and encourage feedback from city employees, rather than there being threats and restrictions regarding conversations between these important parties. I think Merrill may have felt protected in his ridiculous treatment of others because of the layers that were created and off-limits.
Would love it if you could say more here and clarify what you mean by layers and what was off limits. If you can.

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