Sept. 11, 2006

Long-time Delano public works supervisor resigns

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

Public Works Supervisor Dan Alger submitted his resignation to the Delano City Council at a special city council meeting Aug. 28.

Delano City Council met in special session Aug. 24 shortly after noon to discuss a personnel issue involving public works maintenance worker Mike Huncha.

Before discussion began, Council Member Holly Schrupp excused herself from any discussion and voting on the issue due to her being related to a public works employee. After this, the council went into closed session to discuss allegations relating to Huncha’s actions, according to council minutes.

Following discussion and reopening the meeting, Huncha left the meeting, and Schrupp reentered the room. Alger arrived at the meeting at that time.

The council went back into closed session to discuss allegations relating to Alger’s actions.

After reopening the meeting again, a motion was passed with Schrupp abstaining to offer Alger a separation agreement.

The meeting reconvened Aug. 28 at 9 a.m. at which time the council again entered into closed session to discuss Alger’s actions, according to council minutes.

After the closed session, Alger offered his resignation. Council members Hotchkiss and Schrupp were absent at the meeting, so the motion to accept Alger’s resignation was approved 3-0 by Mayor Jon Steinmetz and council members Emery and McDonald.

Due to data privacy law, further information regarding the issue is not public, according to City Administrator Phil Kern.

When reached by phone last week, Alger declined to comment regarding his resignation.

For the time being, Kern is overseeing administrative issues regarding the public works department and seeing that things run smoothly, said Assistant City Administrator Brian Bloch.

He added that the position has not been filled yet, and that the city staff is going to take this time to evaluate the position and make recommendations at a September city council meeting.

Once staff suggestions are offered to the council, there is a period of time for the advertising, interviews, and other aspects, and Bloch said he doesn’t anticipate the position being filled for several months.

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