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Fairview administrator on paid leave

Mayor Weatherby says he can't talk about decision yet

FAIRVIEW - City Administrator Jan Wellman has been placed on paid administrative leave for an undetermined amount of time, effective Wednesday, July 12, said Mayor Mike Weatherby.

The decision to place Wellman on leave was made Tuesday afternoon, July 11.

Weatherby said he could not comment on why Wellman was placed on leave, but said additional details would be released at a later date.

Attempts to reach Wellman and the city's attorney, Paul Elsner, were unsuccessful as of press time Tuesday night.

Wellman, 56, has worked for the city since November 2004. Prior to taking a position as the Fairview City Administrator, he served as the city administrator in Veneta, a small community outside of Eugene.

At the time Wellman was hired in Fairview, he said he felt the city had reached its limits in terms of housing, but hoped to further the city's economic development, particularly in the Townsend Business Park area.

Wellman has a master's degree in urban studies, with an emphasis in public administration and urban planning.

He has served as an administrator in nine states, mostly in small, rural communities.

He replaced Mary Jo Briggs, who served as the Fairview City Administrator for almost three years before leaving in May 2004 to take a city administrator position in Bainbridge Island, Wash.