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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Former city official appeals termination

  • A former economic administrator for the city of Leavenworth has appealed his dismissal, a city official said.
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  • A former economic administrator for the city of Leavenworth has appealed his dismissal, a city official said.
    A hearing on Gary Bartek's termination was held this week but officials are still awaiting a decision.
    Bartek was "let go" from his position with the city during the first week of August. City Manager Scott Miller did not provide details about the reason for Bartek's dismissal.
    "It's still a pending personnel case," Miller said.
    The city manager said Bartek is following a city civil service process to appeal the action.
    When contacted by phone, Bartek said he had no comment.
    Bartek had worked for the city for about three years. He first worked under an economic development director. But for the last couple of years, he was the city's only economic development administrator, according to Miller.
    With Bartek's dismissal, Miller is now handling the economic development duties for the city government.
    The city's grievance process for employees who've been dismissed allows for appeals to an employee council, the city manager and civil service commission.
    Miller said there was a civil service hearing in Bartek's case Wednesday afternoon. The city manager said there's no deadline for when a decision will be issued.
    "It could be a week, two weeks, three weeks," he said.
    The Times has requested a transcript of Wednesday's hearing but a copy may not be available until Oct. 15.
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