In the first major shake up of her new administration, Mayor Lauren McLean has encountered a cumbersome transition with dumping Dennis Doan from the fire chief position.
In a nutshell: if she wanted to get rid of Doan, who was a long time supporter of former Mayor Dave Bieter, she should have simply asked for his resignation at the outset.
A message was sent to Doan placing him on “administrative leave” with pay and ordering him out of his office within a few hours on Monday.
The “administrative leave” term implies wrongdoing, an investigation or a temporary matter. Doan, 51, stood on the steps for city hall Wednesday and set the record straight–there was no allegation of wrongdoing on his part.
At a press conference he told the local media he had just left a meeting with McLean and tendered a letter of resignation which would allow him to remain on admin leave as an employee until the end of May. No word from McLean about accepting what amounts to his three month severance pay. He was (is) the second highest paid city employee with an annual salary of about $165,000
The GUARDIAN suspects there is a back story here involving retirement benefits, or other requirements of PERSI, the state retirement program. Doan is a native son, has been active in Democrat politics, and is a member of the Boise School Board. It would not be unusual to see him running for office in the future.
CITY PLAYS HARD BALL
Looks like there has been a flurry of e-mails between Clan McLean and Doan since his announcement. The City Council will now have the opportunity to publicly fire Doan in accordance with the policy of department heads serving–or not–at the pleasure of the mayor with consent of the council.
IDAHO PRESS is reporting that Boise officials have turned down Doan’s plan to retire. He released this message from Human Resources Director Kelcey Stewart, “As the Mayor indicated to you, the city wished to honor your contributions over the last 30 years and support your retirement with dignity. Unfortunately, the city feels that resolving your personnel matter in a way that honors your service and that goal is not a viable option.”
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