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Draper city manager resigns

If Dave Campbell was expecting a City Council resolution thanking him for five-plus years of service as Draper's city manager, he probably went home disappointed Tuesday night.

No resolution. No gold watch. No plaque. None of those lovely parting gifts, either.Just a 5-0 vote of the council "accepting" his forced resignation and another 5-0 vote appointing Community Development Director Paul Glauser as acting city manager while city officials search for Campbell's replacement.

There was a "Don't let the door hit you in the fanny on the way out," flavor to the proceedings, and Campbell responded with a pointed admonition to council members to avoid unnecessary "micro-management" of the city's staff.

Both unanimous council votes came without comment, following a brief closed executive session apparently called to refine language in the resignation resolution.

Glauser's appointment, however, is contingent on city officials negotiating a memorandum of agreement about his terms of interim employment that is acceptable to both the city and Glauser.

The council action didn't exactly come as a surprise.

Rumors of a change in city administration have circulated for weeks, and Campbell announced his departure to city staff nearly two weeks ago.

Mayor Richard Alsop confirmed on Feb. 5 that Campbell would be leaving the city, saying the council intended to move "in a new direction . . . with a new city manager."

Tuesday night's council agenda included a resolution to accept the city manager's "requested" resignation. When the council emerged from executive session, "requested" was changed to "forced."

Alsop said after the meeting the wording was changed to reflect the language in Campbell's employment contract with the city.

The mayor also indicated Campbell will receive six months severance pay, or half his annual salary of $61,609.

Waiting outside the closed-door meeting, Campbell said he has no immediate plans to seek other employment.

Former City Attorney Hollis Hunt - the man who drafted Campbell's employment contract when he came to the city in 1992 - said he believes the departing city manager has "brought a lot of stability to the city."

After the vote, Councilman Lin Kimball told the departing administrator, "We wish you well."

Not much to show for a 5 1/2-year tour of duty that saw the city nearly triple in size, and Campbell let the council know he would have at least appreciated a simple word of thanks.

"You've treated me today like you treated me through this process" since the new council came on board, he said. "It saddens me."

Campbell said he wishes the new council success but encouraged its members "to learn the value" of the city's staff and treat them accordingly.

"These men and women aren't here . . . to defeat your policies," he said, suggesting some of the legal action now facing the city resulted because staff was "unable to move projects along . . . because of micromanagement by the City Council. It's not needed."

Developers of the South Mountain project filed an $80 million lawsuit against the city last summer, claiming the city's planning commission and staff have unreasonably impeded the progress of their development - costing them millions in delays and unnecessary expenses.

Mayor Alsop, who took office in January, did extend something in the way of an olive branch as Campbell was clearing his things from the council room.

"Thank you for all the positive contributions you've made to Draper City," the mayor added.