KEYSER - City administrator Randy Amtower has tendered his resignation and chief of police Karen Shoemaker and head communications officer Tom Roy both announced their retirement - all less than 24 hours after the results of the city's hot-contested election became public.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - City administrator Randy Amtower has tendered his resignation and chief of police Karen Shoemaker and head communications officer Tom Roy both announced their retirement - all less than 24 hours after the results of the city’s hot-contested election became public.
All three will become effective June 30.
In addition, Amtower said Wednesday that Officer Chris Paitsel had filed FMLA papers “with no apparent intention of returning,” and two other city employees “are leaving.”
Two other officers have been seeking employment with other agencies and are expected to be moving on in the near future.
Amtower said he would “continue to do what I need to do” for his job until the end of the month, but reported to the council that he was canceling an order for a truck they had approved because “I’m not comfortable securing all that and handing it off to someone else.”
Brenda Gank Kitzmiller, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in Tuesday’s election, asked if any of the people leaving the city had given a reason for their decision.
Amtower spoke for himself: “It’s been made public by the mayor-elect that he does not want a part-time administrator … if I’m not wanted or my services are not needed, then I’ll move on,” he said.
Tillman replied that he had made it clear he thinks the city should have a full-time administrator, but “that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be Mr. Amtower. He is welcome to apply.”
Tillman said he hopes that, once the transition takes place in July, he hopes everyone will work together for the city.
“Not everybody will get along … but having different opinions sometimes helps you make good decisions,” he said.
Tillman also said he appreciated Tom Roy for his 29 years of service to the city, and Karen Shoemaker for her 28 years of service.
Tillman and newly-elected council member William Zacot will take office July 1.