Montrose city manager choice brings controversy

MONTROSE — Montrose Mayor Kathy Ellis acknowledged Wednesday a city manager candidate has been offered a contract. Meanwhile, a pair of City Council members said the final decision on the city manager was not made in a public meeting, as required by law.

Council member Bill Patterson said he and fellow council member Thomas Smits were unaware a decision had been made based upon interviews last week of five city manager candidates.

Ellis said council members were polled individually to see who the favored candidate was and what salary was appropriate for that position. Those results were then handed to a consultant to compile.

“There had been a poll conducted of the council, and as a result of this poll, an offer had been made,” Patterson said.

Ellis said she received emails from Smits on Monday night saying violations in meeting laws had occurred because a decision had been made outside of a public meeting.

Ellis said City Attorney Russ Duree told her no meeting violations have been committed. Ellis said despite the decision, the council has not voted to approve the terms of the contract.

The council is holding a special meeting today at 4:30 p.m. and will meet in executive session to seek legal advice on open-meeting laws and discuss the city manager selection and contract terms.


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