Eagle manager placed on ‘indefinite leave’

EAGLE — Eagle Town Manager John Schneiger was placed on “indefinite paid administrative leave” Tuesday by the Eagle Town Board.

Town board members declined to elaborate about the purpose for the action, which was announced at the conclusion of a one hour executive session. Schneiger was present for part of the closed door session, but left the room roughly one half hour before the board reconvened in open session.

Schneiger has served as Eagle town manager since May of 2016 and this is his second paid administrative action in the past month.

On April 30, he began a two-week suspension from the job, with pay, while the town board selected an independent, outside consultant to conduct his one-year performance review. The review included interviews with staff and board members. The review was completed and Schneiger returned to work April 15. Tuesday night’s session was the first town board meeting since members received Schneiger’s evaluation results.

After making the announcement regarding Schneiger’s indefinite leave, the town board appointed Town Planner Tom Boni as acting town manager. Additionally, Mayor Anne McKibbin noted that both herself and Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Brubeck will be out of town for the next week. The board appointed member Mikel “Pappy” Kerst as acting Mayor Pro Tem during McKibbin’s and Brubeck’s absences.

In addition to being Schneiger’s second suspension, this is the second time in two years the Eagle Town Board has suspended its manager. In November 2015, the previous town board suspended former manager Jon Stavney. The action was controversial at the time because it came six months before five members of the seven-member board were up for election. Under Colorado Statute, when a new board is elected, one of its first actions is to consider the appointment of town officers, which includes approving or rejecting the employment of the town manager.

Ultimately, Stavney officially resigned as Eagle town manager in December…

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