Ashland City Administrator resigns

Ashland, Ore., — “I believe in process, and this process is flawed.” said City Councilor, Carol Voisin.

In Monday night’s Ashland City Council meeting, Mayor John Stromberg asked the council to accept his request for City Administrator Dave Kanner’s resignation.

In a four to two vote, the council trusted the Mayor’s decision.

But one councilor who voted no, says she needed more.

“When you are being given the ultimatum in your job, you should be given facts, and the people making that decision should also be given facts, and we were not.” said Voisin.

In a statement given by Mayor Stromberg, he says the city wants to go into a new leadership direction.

“When Dave took the position 4 1/2- 5 years ago, his style which is pretty directive, seemed very appropriate, but now I think we’re hoping for something a little more collaborative.” said Councilor Pam Marsh.

But past that, there isn’t much more detail.

The Mayor didn’t elaborate in the meeting, and his assistant told NBC5 the City Attorney advised him not to talk to the media.

Councilor Pam Marsh says she didn’t need any more information to know she made the right choice.

“It was the Mayor’s judgement that it’s time for a new form of management basically, and the council basically expressed our trust in the Mayor’s judgement.” said Marsh.

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