After Sunshine Law violation, Craig city manager formally terminated during special meeting

Craig Press: In a special meeting Monday, the Craig City Council formally voted to terminate the employment of City Manager Mike Foreman.

The meeting was called last week after council determined to terminate Foreman by “consensus” during executive session, violating Colorado’s Open Meetings Law.

“At that meeting and during negotiations with Mr. Foreman, it became apparent that immediate separation was in the best interest for the city of Craig,” said Mayor John Ponikvar. “Subsequently, Mr. Foreman has been on paid leave-of-absence since that time.”

“Council felt some action was required and needed to be taken,” Ponikvar added. He outlined the three options discussed: a letter of reprimand, contract modifications and termination.

The mayor then accepted motions to move forward with one of those actions.

Councilman Jarrod Ogden moved to terminate Foreman’s employment. Councilwoman Andrea Camp seconded the motion. The motion passed 6 to 1, with Councilman Chris Nichols as the lone dissenter.

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