No action taken on town manager
Leibensperger's resignation still up in the air in Oak Creek
Steamboat Springs — The Oak Creek Town Board’s deadline for accepting or rejecting Town Manager Ray Leibensperger’s resignation came and went Friday.
Because the new Town Board took no action on the resignation, Oak Creek will keep its town manger for at least a few more days.
“For now, the town still has a town manager,” Mayor Cargo Rodeman said.
A quorum of the board must approve Leibensperger’s resignation.
Rodeman said town attorney Bob Weiss would like to meet with her and Leibensperger next week to iron out the legalities of his resignation.
That means Leibensperger will come to work Monday at Town Hall.
He requested Tuesday that the town pay him for his work until April 12, as well as earned vacation and sick days from his contract that was renewed Feb. 28.
Vacation days and sick days could not be applied until Leibensperger worked one full year with the town, as he did, former mayor Deb VanGundy said.
“I didn’t ask for anything that wasn’t due,” Leibensperger said.
The checks were signed Thursday, but the town withheld payment on the checks because of confusion over the legality of his resignation.
The town cannot stop employees from leaving if they want to leave, Rodeman said.
“You can’t stop them from quitting,” she said.
But the town needed to look at all the legal aspects of Leibensperger’s departure.
Members of the former Oak Creek Town Board re-emphasized their support for the town manager Friday.
During the board meeting Thursday night, Rodeman said Leibensperger told her his March 12 letter of resignation came in response to old board members’ concerns that he would hurt their chances of re-election.
But no board member wanted Leibensperger to resign, former trustee Sonja Norris said.
She said she urged him Wednesday to reconsider his decision to leave.
“I asked him, ‘Won’t you even consider giving it a try? I think there are members of this board who want you to stay.'”
Leibensperger told the board he didn’t want to be a pawn in the April 2 election, Norris said.
The town manager can still do a lot of good for the town, she said.
“I fully support the town having a town manager, and that is after serving on the board for three years without one,” Norris said.
VanGundy agreed the old board backed Leibensperger 100 percent.
The old board fought hard for a town manager and didn’t want to see the position curtailed so hastily, she said.
“We hated to see it go down the drain that quickly,” VanGundy said.
One year was not long enough to judge the town manager’s progress, she said.
Leibensperger said every trustee from the old board voiced their support for him and asked him to consider staying.
He didn’t want to be an issue in the campaign, he said, but no board member ever said he was a liability.
A few people called Leibensperger Friday to tell him he still had a job at Town Hall.
But he still cannot predict his future there, he said.
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