Fairview administrator resigns

City statement cites personality conflicts with other officials

FAIRVIEW - City Administrator Jan Wellman, who was placed on paid administrative leave last Wednesday, will resign his position effective Monday, July 31.

He will remain on paid administrative leave until that time.

According to a press release issued by City Attorney Paul Elsner, Wellman's imminent resignation is in response to 'communication and stylistic differences' between Wellman and other city officials.

It was reportedly these 'fundamental differences of opinion' that led to the mutual split.

Fairview Mayor Mike Weatherby said Wellman did not do anything illegal or wrong, but that a parting of ways was in the best interest of all parties.

'I think it's important to remember the positive things that Jan has done for the city,' said Fairview Mayor Mike Weatherby. 'He has left his imprint on city hall, and we have an efficient, effective group of employees … that were hired because of him.'

Wellman, who has worked for the city since November 2004, declined to comment about the circumstances regarding his resignation.

Prior to taking over as the Fairview City Administrator, Wellman served as the city administrator of Sun Valley, Idaho, a position he held for less than a year. According to a newspaper article in the Idaho Mountain Express, Wellman stepped down from his position because he did not see eye to eye with the mayor on the role of the city administrator.

Before his Idaho job, Wellman was the city administrator in Veneta, a small community near Eugene. He has a master's degree in urban studies, with an emphasis in public administration and urban planning.

Bob Cochran, Fairview's public works director, and Laura Zenter, the city's finance director, will be sworn in as interim city administrators at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, in the Fairview City Hall council chambers, 1300 N.E. Village St.

They will be the acting city administrators until a replacement for Wellman is hired.

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