Joe Wray resigned Monday, Feb. 24, from his post as Dillon town manager, Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Burns confirmed on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
The Dillon Town Council will hold a special meeting on Saturday, March 1, that will include a short executive session followed by public action on Wray’s resignation, Burns said.
Carrie McDonnell, town of Dillon finance director, said the town manager is a contract position and that the council has to officially accept a separation agreement with Wray. Saturday will officially mark Wray’s last day with the town, once the separation agreement has been approved.
The council also will need to appoint an interim town manager until Wray’s replacement can be found. McDonnell likely will be appointed to that position during Saturday’s special meeting.
Burns said a notice about the meeting would be posted Thursday. Additional details about the meeting and about Wray’s resignation were not immediately available.
Wray did not return calls for a comment.
With his decision to resign, Wray becomes the second high-ranking public official to leave office in the town of Dillon in less than a week.
On Wednesday, Feb. 19, interim police chief Brian Brady resigned from the Dillon Police Department during a 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office investigation into whether he committed perjury during a September 2013 hearing over a parking ticket dispute in Dillon/Silverthorne Municipal Court.
As one of his last pieces of town business, Wray was instrumental in drafting and pushing through an ordinance updating sections of Dillon’s code to require bar and restaurant owners to report inappropriate behavior to law enforcement officials.
The ordinance, passed during the town council’s Feb. 18 regular meeting, also instituted two new criminal penalties for business owners and their employees who do not comply with the new law.
Reports have since surfaced that the ordinance violates the Colorado Constitution. It also was reported that local residents and business owners were unhappy about the new law and applied pressure to the town council to repeal it.
However, those reports have not been confirmed. It is not known whether public pressure played any role in Wray’s decision to step down.