Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Mayor Ken Jaray gives departing Manitou city administrator severance pay

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 10:58 AM

click to enlarge Ken Jaray: Looking for a headhunter firm. - J. ADRIAN STANLEY
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  • Ken Jaray: Looking for a headhunter firm.
Manitou Springs Mayor Ken Jaray says the city will pay departing City Administrator Jason Wells a quarter of his annual pay of roughly $104,000, or about $26,000, in accordance with an agreement.

Jaray hadn't returned the Independent's phone call by presstime, so we were unable to include his comments in our newspaper this week. But we did speak with him late morning on Jan. 30.

The city will also spend up to $26,000, he says, on a consultant to help find candidates to replace Wells, who served for nearly four years.

Jaray says he and City Council members are currently in the process of interviewing search firms and hope to settle on a choice in the next 10 days.

Asked why Wells is leaving, Jaray says, "We just decided to take a little different direction." Asked to elaborate, he said, "to have new leadership more consistent with the master plan."

He declined to go into further detail.

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