On Friday afternoon, Town Clerk Linda Hutchenrider confirmed Town Manager John Klimm, Town Council President Fredrick Chirigotis and she had signed off on a contract deal that buys out Klimm's contract - making his last day Sept. 30.
Back in Feburary, Hutchenrider said she had never seen an election like this one before.
What happened? What has changed Barnstable's town council?
There has been ongoing tension, as described in an interview with Klimm in June.
June 29 - Ryan Collins interviewing:
Mr. Klimm, you recently stated that "there has been a toxic environment that has permeated this town since November, which has made it difficult to move forward."
What specifically do you mean by "toxic environment"?
"A political environment that is influenced by personal differences and animosity, instead of cohesiveness and a mutual desire to work together to accomplish stated goals."
Why has it been so difficult to move forward as of late?
"Because too much time has been spent on in-fighting and conflict instead of the business of the Town."
What are some of the most dire challenges facing the Town? How do you think the Town should approach these challenges?
"The challenges include the financial challenges of providing a high level of service to our citizens with dwindling resources, and several major challenges such as development of a private roads program, sewering and public safety issues."
After recently receiving a very positive performance rating, and a contract extension, why do you belive the council would vote to have you leave your position of 12 years as town manager?
"I believe that it is part and parcel of the on-going conflict at the Town Council level."
The 6 to 5 vote to offer you early departure indicates just how split Town Council was on the matter. How can the Town Council get its members back on the same page, and working efficiently as a team?
"By making a conscientious decision to put differences aside for the good of the Town."
Following this interview several open meeting laws and other public tenuous situations, Klimm was shown a outpouring of positive support advocating for his good performance as town manager. Yet, it seems the internal debate within the council proved too difficult.