(Updated 3:15 p.m.) Council moves to fire Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert effectively immediately

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Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 219 weeks ago I am going to open up the comment section because this is a discussion the community needs to have. But I’m going to be quick on the trigger to disable them if people get out of hand. Please read the comment section policy above and use common courtesy. I would prefer signed signatures. Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down paul · 219 weeks ago Eckert has had four different jobs in only the last sever years. What does that say about Eckert and how successful he has been in life as a city/county manager? Report Reply 3 replies · active 219 weeks ago +29 Vote up Vote down I.B. Well · 219 weeks ago The good ol’ boy system is still alive and well in Wellington. Once again it doesn’t fail to disappoint. The vote reflects exactly those who have worked against Mr. Eckert from the start. Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 219 weeks ago What are the qualifications for City Manager? Report Reply 1 reply · active 219 weeks ago +59 Vote up Vote down Julie · 219 weeks ago Wow! I hope there was a better reason for this than “he was not aggressive enough”. A hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money to shell out for nothing. Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago +54 Vote up Vote down John Munro · 219 weeks ago OK, people, you voted for the city council members, and now you’ve got them. I find it hard to believe that firing Eckert is in any way going to actually help the city. His contract runs thru the end of the year, and if the council doesn’t like his performance, which they obviously don’t, why not let him finish out his contract and then not renew it. We, the city, still have to pay the man the terms of his contract, whether we fire him or not. Another thing that troubles me; it seems that every time something a little dicey comes along, they need to have a special emergency session to resolve whatever it is. Remember the golf course deal? It appears to me that they don’t want any input from the citizens, so they just have these little hurry up and do it sessions so they can fill their own agendas. We all have to remember that Eckert inherited most all of the problems the city has, very little has transpired since he took his position. But that’s OK, I’m sure you good citizens elected the right people for the job. Report Reply 1 reply · active 219 weeks ago +42 Vote up Vote down Michael Cody · 219 weeks ago I think it is all a reflection of the city council. Their the ones taking us in what direction? Think they fired the wrong person. Maybe they will resign if that’s how they feel. Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago +56 Vote up Vote down Tom · 219 weeks ago Hopefully the assitant to manager does not take over. He has less leadership than Mr. Eckert. He was not suitable for a leadership position at Wellington Fire/EMS department. Thank you for your time good luck in the future. Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago +42 Vote up Vote down Pat McAtee · 219 weeks ago Who really feels this is the right thing to do–come on people in Wellington do we not have a say any longer or what –are we going to put up with this going on behind are backs –it needs to be stopped in the worst way and maybe a few of our City Council members need to have their back ground checked out- before we let them tell us what they are doing for us- this is crazy to just sit back see what happens- hang on it is not going to be good Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago -10 Vote up Vote down Wake up · 219 weeks ago Anybody who has been working with him know he is the most passive person in a position of leadership we have ever seen. Paying out 100,000 is not bad, we have already paid him 200,000 to do nothing but sit in his office and ask Shane what the answers are to all the councilmember’s questions. Maybe it’s time to look at Korte, Valentine , and Wetta’s passiveness to the things that should matter. People are moving out and few are moving in. Eckhert wasn’t wellington’s first choice. He was the only one we could get. Report Reply 5 replies · active 219 weeks ago 123Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council has voted to fire City Manager Roy Eckert. His tenure with the City of Wellington will end tonight at midnight. After one 30 minute and two 15 minute executive sessions this afternoon, the council reconvened in open session and councilman Kip Etter made the motion to terminate Eckert’s contract. Kelly Green Hawley made the second and the vote was then taken. Green, Kip Etter and Bill Butts voted for the immediate termination. Jan Korte, Jim Valentine and Vince Wetta voted against the motion.Roy EckertWith the vote 3-3, Mayor Shelley Hansel was then called upon to cast the deciding vote – favoring the motion to terminate Eckert.The Wellington Council held the special meeting in the council chambers at 12:30 p.m. After calling for at least two executive sessions, the vote was taken at 1:40 p.m.The council did not take any action on naming an interim city manager. So effectively at midnight, Wellington will be without a city manager. Wellington City Clerk Carol Mericle said she does not know who will be the interim only that a special meeting will probably be called to determine Eckert’s replacement – albeit it be temporarily or permanently. Eckert was hired to be the new city manager on November, 2014 – replacing Gus Collins, who resigned in April and interim city manager Shane Shields. He was in office for 17 months. Eckert’s immediate termination is highly unusual in that the city manager receives a contract starting on the date of his employment. Normally, the council will then have an executive session for performance review, before determining whether or not to renew or terminate the contract. Then the city manager will serve out the remainder of the contract year. The council then usually names a replacement.Because Eckert was in the middle of his yearly contract, the city council must now pay him $100,000 in severance pay until the end of his contract year. And currently, there is not a city manager in place. Mericle said there is assistant city manager Jason Newberry and finance director Shields. At the time, Mericle said it is unclear who will take over the city manager office duties until someone is named by the council. Mayor Hansel later told Sumner Newscow that Newberry would be in charge of the day-to-day operations.This marks the first time in the history that a city council has fired a city manager immediately since switching to a city manager form of government 50 years ago. He is also the shortest tenured city manager in Wellington history.———Hansel said her tie-breaking vote was not an easy vote to cast, but she felt it was the thing to do.Earlier this month an executive session was held to talk about Eckert’s performance review during a work session. Each of the council members had filled out an evaluation before that meeting. Hansel said those reviews were not good.She initially questioned the need to move so fast, but agreed to have the meeting Friday.Eckert has seven months left on his contract and will receive about $100,000 as per his contract. Hansel said he probably would not be comfortable working, knowing his contract was not going to be renewed, so she voted for immediate termination.She said the council felt that Eckert was not the person to take the city to the next level.She stressed that Eckert had did nothing wrong and she feels he is a good person. But she and the rest of the council wants a manager that will be more aggressive in leading the city.The biggest complaints against Eckert was a lack of leadership, communication with the council and general morale around city hall, Hansel said. “We all thought he was a great guy with a lot of experience,” Hansel said. “I just think the person we are looking for needs to be more aggressive in leadership. We need a go-getter, someone who will take risks and get things to a higher level.”Hansel said Wellington has some good things going for it, and needs a strong leader who can get things done.Hansel told Sumner Newscow the council did not discuss an interim person, but Jason Newberry will assume the day to day functions of a city manager for the immediate future. They may name an interim for the positon as they begin the process of looking for a city manager again.The council took a lot of time in its last search, and some of the council members did not want to go through that process again.But Hansel said the direction the city has gone the last couple of years is not the direction they feel it should go. She said the council will need to take some time and decide on its future direction before hiring another manager.And facing financial problems already, the city will be spending the money to pay out his contract while paying to find another city manager.“My stomach was churning. It has not been my favorite day,” Hansel said after the meeting. Follow us on Twitter.last_img