The town council of Seward voted to fireplace its metropolis supervisor, Scott Meszaros at a Monday evening assembly.
Mayor Christy Terry motioned to terminate Meszaros following an government session on town supervisor’s efficiency. The movement handed 5–2.
Meszaros, who was metropolis supervisor for 18 months, was not up for a efficiency analysis this month.
Terry wouldn’t say precisely what spurred the council to terminate Meszaros from his place, citing worker confidentiality.
“Clearly, we’re at a key juncture for Seward and we simply have to have the appropriate particular person that matches our group on the helm,” she mentioned. “We now have no unwell will towards Scott or his household, and we want him and his household all the perfect of their subsequent endeavors.”
The chief session occurred a number of hours into Monday evening’s common metropolis council assembly, which was reside streamed for the general public through YouTube. Nonetheless, two hours into the assembly the YouTube livestream failed, mentioned Metropolis Clerk Brenda Ballou. Till the IT workforce fixes that subject, that a part of the assembly and the following vote are usually not publicly obtainable.
Councilmembers Sue McClure and John Osenga had been the 2 “no” votes on the termination. McClure mentioned she didn’t like that the 2 new council members, Liz DeMoss and Rissie Casagrande, needed to vote on firing town supervisor at their first assembly.
“I simply felt that whether or not they knew what was occurring or had opinions, it simply was dangerous publicly to, in your first few hours on town council, hearth town supervisor,” McClure mentioned. “I simply felt it was incorrect.”
DeMoss was elected throughout municipal elections earlier this month and Casagrande, who had been on the council beforehand, was appointed by the council at the beginning of the assembly to fill a emptiness. Each voted “sure” on the termination.
Osenga’s thought course of was just like McClure’s.
“The newly elected member, I didn’t assume it was truthful to that particular person,” he mentioned. “I’ve been in that place earlier than, on the council, and I didn’t prefer it, I didn’t respect it occurring to me. So I didn’t actually really feel that it was tremendous essential.”
The Seward metropolis supervisor place has had a tumultuous current historical past. Jim Hunt was supervisor for seven years earlier than he unexpectedly resigned in 2018. The place went unfilled for nearly a 12 months, whereas town noticed a revolving door of three performing and interim managers.
When it got here time to rent a everlasting metropolis supervisor in 2019, Meszaros, who beforehand labored in native authorities in Colorado, was the council’s second alternative. The council unanimously selected Erin Reinders, of Unalaska, however she backed out to take the city manager position in Unalaska. The council then employed Meszaros.
He mentioned the termination got here considerably out of the blue.
“They only obtained collectively clearly beforehand and determined it’s time for them to wash home on that, and I used to be somewhat shocked however when the those who obtained in had been sitting throughout from me on the desk, it’s sort of a aid,” he mentioned. “I’m glad I don’t need to be there anymore.”
He mentioned he thinks conflicts of curiosity are an issue on town council and that his imaginative and prescient about updating metropolis infrastructure, like town corridor, was not a precedence for the remainder of the council.
“It’s time to go some place else the place I can truly use my ability set,” he mentioned. “I’ve realized rather a lot, I’ve a number of nice employees members and I believe we did a number of nice work, however there’s a protracted methods to go.”
This summer time, Meszaros submitted an utility for the place of borough supervisor for the Mat-Su, the Seward Journal reported. Meszaros mentioned he was instructed his utility can be confidential until he was one of many high three finalists — which he was not — and that he was requested to use.
“The Mat-Su’s the third largest job within the state of Alaska,” he mentioned. “It’s extra just like what I did earlier than I got here right here. It’s not nearly pay, however pay’s in all probability $50,000 to $90,000 greater than I receives a commission right here, and it’s in all probability simpler to run the municipality of Anchorage with my background than it’s to handle this small group with the individuals right here.”
The council voted unanimously to provide Meszaros a two-week severance package deal.
Norm Regis, who’s presently Seward’s harbor supervisor, is the interim metropolis supervisor whereas the council finds a alternative. He mentioned the council requested him to fill that function as a result of he was the final interim supervisor earlier than Meszaros.
The council will meet on Nov. four to speak about hiring a brand new metropolis supervisor.
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