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More Erie Staff Members Jump to Firestone Amid Shakeup Questions

November 19, 2018

Arthur "A.J." Krieger testifying during a hearing over the lawsuit over the Nine Mile Corner development on the border between Lafayette and Erie in 2017, when he was still Erie's town administrator. at the Boulder County Justice Center on Tuesday. Behind Krieger is a timeline used by the lawyers for the town of Erie. He is now the interim Firestone town manager.

More former Erie staff members have found new jobs in Firestone’s burgeoning government ranks, adding to the migration that has followed Arthur “A.J.” Krieger, the recently ousted Erie town administrator-turned Firestone interim town manger, to the Weld County town.

According to the town’s staff directory , Marty Ostholthoff and Jan Sloat — Erie’s former community development and human resources director, respectively — have joined fellow Erie expats Katie Hansen and Todd Bjerkaas in their new Firestone roles.

It comes amid continued calls from Erie leaders for the town to examine the recent staff exodus. Last month, Erie Trustees Dan Woog and Scott Charles urged the town to take a look into the slew of departures.

Efforts to reach Ostholthoff and Sloat on Friday were unsuccessful, as were past requests for comment from Hansen and Bjerkaas.

The exits at the top has not gone unnoticed by some of the town’s more involved electorate, with some alleging the new board’s overhauled agenda might be driving out longtime employees.

Apart from sanctioning a moratorium on drilling earlier this year — and in turn an revamped agreement with Crestone Peak Resources — the new leadership has embarked on early expansion plans along Interstate 25 with a roughly $6.4 million land purchase.

The nascent leadership fired Krieger a month into its tenure; days later, Firestone announced he was the sole finalist for its interim town manager role.

Firestone’s Board of Trustees last month approved a resolution allowing Krieger, in his interim role, to hire new employees without board approval, a power typically reserved for someone serving in his position in a more permanent capacity, officials said.

Anthony Hahn: 303-473-1422, hahna@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/_anthonyhahn

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