A month after firing the city manager, Dacono city officials remain divided

KUNC: Last month four Dacono city council members abruptly fired the longtime city manager without cause. The same four council members – Kathryn Wittman, Jackie Thomas, Jim Turini and Danny Long – blocked recent council discussions about hiring an interim replacement, in a move that seemed to cement opposing factions within the city council.

At a special council meeting on Wednesday, Dacono Mayor Adam Morehead asked for a closed executive session to discuss potential candidates for the position. “There is a person who wants to be considered as the interim city manager [and] does not want the discussion to be held in the public meeting,” City Attorney Kathleen Kelly explained. “The Open Meetings Law does permit the city council to meet in executive session for that purpose.”

But Morehead’s proposal was voted down by the block of four council members, effectively ending discussion on the matter.

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