Parachute Town Council dismisses its administrator

Leader of six years says he was stunned by decision

Parachute’s Town Council has dismissed its town administrator of nearly six years.

Bob Knight, who was hired in February 2008, said the council held a closed-door meeting Oct. 10 meeting and then put him on administrative leave. It subsequently notified him it wouldn’t be renewing his annual contract, which expires at the end of the year.

He said the council “wanted to go in a little different direction” but didn’t elaborate on its decision.

“I wish them all the best and think we accomplished a bunch of great things and hope they go in the direction they want to go,” he said.

Police chief Cary Parmenter is serving as acting town administrator.

Mayor Judith Beasley and council member John Loschke both declined to comment on Knight’s departure.

Knight said he is being paid in full for this year’s contract.

He said he was “kind of stunned” by his firing.

“Something transpired that I’m not aware of that caused them to lose confidence. But that’s what happens. That’s the way it works,” he said.

“I accept their decision. I’m a professional. I don’t cast stones. We had a great council, (it’s a) great town — great people.”

Knight is 59 and a Fruita resident. He said this was his first job as a municipal manager, after owning a couple of business, and he plans to go back into the private sector.

He said some of the accomplishments he was involved with include getting a second Interstate 70 interchange built west of town, improvements to the existing interchange, purchase and restoration of an historic residence, eight to 10 annexations that improved the town’s property tax base, and increasing the town’s financial reserves two-fold.

“They’re well-placed financially. I’m happy to see that. Hopefully that will see them through the next rough times. … I think I’m leaving them in very good shape.”

He also said the timing of his departure might be good for him as well because some of the money for big projects has dwindled, meaning some of the kind of work he had been involved with had slowed down.

“I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t like to be bored,” he said.


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