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Mayor fires capital projects director

Posted: Thursday, May 05, 2011

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey terminated the borough's Capital Projects Director Dan Park on Monday morning, "for the betterment of the borough," he said.

Park was an at-will employee, Carey said, and he used that right to end his employment.

He said his termination with the borough was not for cause, meaning there was no legal reason for Park's dismissal.

In the past, Carey has announced terminations and new hires of other borough directors during the assembly meeting at the time slated for his mayor's report, as when he announced the termination of former borough General Services Director Bonita Miller at a January meeting.

But Carey chose not to announce Park's termination at this time because, he said, he had mentioned it to assembly members during committee reports.

However, at the end of the meeting in the time allowed for assembly comments, Carey, without mentioning Park's name, announced he terminated the Capital Projects Director.

He said he had not made the announcement earlier for the protection of those involved.

"There's an interesting balance to respect the rights of the individual compared to the public's right to know," Carey said.

Assembly President Gary Knopp said he doesn't know what all went into the mayor's decision but that there was some issues with Park in the past that might have lead up to the termination.

According to Knopp, administration may look into reorganizing the Capital Projects Department.

In the meantime, the borough's go-to interim director, Duane Bannock, will be filling in.

"I hope we're able to fast track this," Bannock said about the hiring process. "Should be eight weeks or less."

The main thing he'll be overseeing while acting as the director will be the borough's $8 million in school roof repairs, he said.

Park, who was hired last May, oversaw the borough's construction projects Director of Capital Projects. He has a bachelor's degree in architecture from Montana State University and had been living in Oregon before he took the job with the borough.

Brielle Schaeffer can be reached at brielle.schaeffer@peninsulaclarion.com



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