Vernon City Manager Thinks He’ll Be Fired After Commission Meeting

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There will be an executive session about the Vernon City Manager’s performance on Friday and then a vote on whether or not he will remain in that position.

The public dispute between Vernon Mayor Joe Rogers and City Manager Joe Jarosek began in March, when the mayor requested a meeting about Jarosek’s performance following the resignation of the fire chief — calling Jarosek ‘incompetent.’

Jarosek said their relationship went downhill before that, though, when Jarosek said the mayor requested $6,000 for the local newspaper to promote tourism.

“Anything over $5,000 needs the city commission’s approval. He asked me to break that up in two purchase agreements under $5,000 each, but I said that was against the law and I wasn’t gonna do it,” Jarosek said.

Jarosek said he thinks the mayor — and possibly some commissioners — believe he is in their way of having hiring and firing authority.

“The mayor has and commissioner Spears have introduced measures that would have enabled them to have a say, have a decision in the hiring of department heads — and that has been rejected by the charter community members,” Jarosek said.

“I don’t want that job. I have a full time job. I’m just the mayor. You know?  I’m not interested in hiring and firing city employees. I’m only interested in being advised when there are key people hired or fired within the city,” Mayor Rogers said.

Mayor Rogers said Jarosek has poor communication skills and has not been on top of creating this year’s budget — allegations Jarosek denies.

The city manager says they are simply trying to discredit him and with the help of the paper.

“Very important citizens are aware of what is going on in the community and without an unbiased local publication. They are not getting that,” Jarosek.

“He has to look inside maybe that…. he’s just not done his job well,” Mayor Rogers said.

KFDX/KJTL reached out to the Vernon Daily Record for a response to Jarosek’s comments and did not receive a call back.

The Vernon city commission will meet Friday at noon. Mayor Rogers said commissioner, Guy Spears, requested the evaluation meeting. Jarosek’s dismissal would be approved with three votes. 

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