Grand Junction City Manager Resigns at Council's Request
KREX News Room
Grand Junction - Grand Junction officials are announcing that they are parting ways with their city manager. In a press release issued on Thursday morning, officials say that the City Council has requested the resignation of Laurie Kadrich, expressing "a desire for new or different direction for the organization."
Mayor Tom Kenyon acknowledges, "A situation such as this is always difficult. Laurie is leaving the city in a very good place. We are grateful for her leadership and the many good things she brought to this organization."
The city wouldn't elaborate on the reason for Kadrich's resignation. However, a former city council member did. Gregg Plamer says a city manager usually stays with a city for four to six years, and Kadrich has been with the city for five. Although Kadrich was voted in by one council, that doesn't mean her managing style meshes with new councils.
"I know that some of the City Council people had wanted to be a lot more hands-on with items such as finance and budget. Some city managers hold their city budgets pretty close to their vest and others recognize that an elected official is ultimately responsible," said Palmer.
In a statement provided by the city, Kadrich says, "There are some fundamental philosophical differences between me and the City Council. Simply put, in the city manager line of work, that can mean the end of your employment. I will treasure my five years with the city of Grand Junction and am proud to have had this opportunity. This is a strong organization managed by extremely capable and caring people that I am honored to have worked with. I am confident they will continue on the solid course we have established together."
Kadrich is getting a severance package worth nearly $155,000, including a year of benefits.
Kadrich joined Grand Junction government as the deputy city manager on January 5, 2007, and was appointed city manager on July 18 of that year. Among the significant accomplishments of Kadrich's tenure are the completion of the Riverside Parkway, breaking ground on the city's public safety facility, and securing a minor league baseball team that will play in Grand Junction starting this summer.
City officials say a leadership transition plan will be determined later and information on that plan will released at that time. Palmer says hiring a consulting firm to do the hiring usually costs tens of thousands of dollars.