Erie town board ousts administrator with no public discussion or reason given to public

Daily Camera (Boulder): Erie Town Administrator A.J. Krieger, whose embrace of the town’s pro-growth trajectory over the past decade divided its citizens and members of its own leadership, was ousted from his role on Tuesday evening.

The newly-elected Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the removal of Krieger by a vote of 5-1. Trustee Dan Woog offered the sole “no” vote, referring to the murky process behind Krieger’s termination as a possible violation of open records law; Trustee Scott Charles was absent.

No public meetings or discussion were held before Tuesday’s vote, and no reason was given to the public for the decision.

Krieger’s firing is “effective immediately,” and he left the meeting following the vote. Farrell Buller, assistant to the town administrator, was subsequently chosen to fill Krieger’s role while they search for a new candidate.

Because the situation is a personnel issue, trustees said, the details of the removal are unlikely to be disclosed through official channels.

Multiple requests for comment from Erie spokespeople on the issue have gone unanswered.

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