Town manager, town attorney and deputy community development director step away
[ By Kendra Walker ]
In an already rocky year of staff turnover, the town of Mt. Crested Butte is losing several key staff members as 2022 comes to a close.
Last week, Mt. Crested Butte town manager Greg Sund submitted his letter of resignation to the town council during the December 20 council meeting. Two days later, town attorney Kathy Fogo also provided a letter of resignation to the town. Additionally, deputy community development director Hillary Seminick has taken a planning director position with Gunnison County.
Sund was hired as the town’s interim town manager in April and several months later the council clarified that the interim label was no longer applicable and he was the town manager. Last week, Sund shared with the News, “I accepted the interim position to help the town address issues, rebuild trust in the community and move projects forward. I think we have made a lot of progress. However, the nature of interim positions is they are short-term. This one simply played out.”
Sund’s resignation is effective December 31 and mayor Nicholas Kempin told the News that the council will take official action to determine the next town manager at either its meeting on January 3 or the following meeting on January 17. “We have a legal requirement we must meet before announcing the town manager decision,” he said.
Fogo, who has represented the town as town attorney since 2012, sent the town council a letter of resignation on December 22. “After much deliberation and with a fair amount of remorse, I have decided to end my representation of the Town effective December 31, 2022,” the letter stated. “At this time, I believe the Town may need a new voice with perhaps a different approach or skill set to assist the Council with its goals.”
Fogo also noted that she will do her best to get the town through the internal posting of the town manager position, finalize matters related to the Homestead settlement and review and complete projects on her desk at this time.
Seminick has taken a position as planning director at the county, and her last day with Mt. Crested Butte as deputy community development director will be January 4. Seminick has played a leading role in the town’s Master Plan revamp this year, as well as worked on major PUD applications in the works including the Village at Mt. Crested Butte (previously known as North Village). During the December 20 council meeting, Seminick shared that she is still committed to seeing the Master Plan through to completion.