Town Council Votes 5 to 2 in Favor of Reinstating Town Manager Quinn Robertson
Linda Farneth    Colonial Beach News

Correction: Councilman Frank Alger stated the vote was 4 to 3. 

Alger said, " Vote was 4-3 not 5-2. Blunt, Lyburn, Cirbee and Rogers voted Aye. Myself, Leamon and Dellar voted Nay."

Quinn Robertson has been reinstated as town Manager, with conditions to be determined over the next several days, by Council Resolution  following a closed meeting this morning. The vote was in favor. 

 Quinn Robertson did not attend the Saturday October 6 Morning  Meeting where Colonial Beach Town Council voted in favor of  reinstating Robertson as Colonial Beach Town Manager, with conditions to  be determined over the next couple of days, by resolution.

Robertson  said he intends to accept the reinstatement following a meeting with the Mayor. He anticipates the meeting will take place no sooner than Tuesday, October 9. 

This news comes exactly 7 days after the town council held a special closed meeting  on Saturday, September 29 at town hall resulting in the town accepting Robertson's resignation.

The Sept. 29 meeting was called for by Vice Mayor Dallas Leamon and Councilman Bill Dellar to go into closed meeting to discuss the performance of a specific employee and possibly take personnel action following the closed meeting.   

  Both the Town Meeting Room and the Library are undergoing mold remediation so the meeting was held at the town hall offices.    

  A handful of people showed up and waited out the over 6 hour meeting, where council remained in closed session throughout the time. All council members were present except for Stephen Cirbee.   

  When council reconvened they announced that they had accepted the resignation of Town Manager Quinn Robertson granting him 3 months severance pay. The council also announced that Director of Public Works, Rob Murphy will be the acting Town Manager. 

  Only Councilman Dallas Leamon responded to requests for comments concerning the Saturday meeting and its outcome. Leamon deferred to Mayor Eddie Blunt for comments.   

  On Sunday while most of the town's citizens were watching a replica of Air Force One barging down the Potomac towards D.C. Mayor Blunt sent out the following press release: 

Today's meeting October 6, 2018 was a regular work session and the agenda included mention of a closed meeting to discuss employees with the possibility of action following the meeting. 

It would appear the main focus of today's closed session was to discuss the reinstatement of Quinn Robertson. Robertson's "resignation" was speculated to be forced and a social media outcry ensued following the announcement of his resignation. 

But no official statements have come from council regarding the reasons for Robertson's offer of reinstatement. 

For now all everyone can do is wait to see what the outcome will be following reinstatement negotiations. 

  
In other news:

Council voted to authorize Rob Murphy to proceed with procurement of  mitigation efforts to remove mold from the Library and Town Center  located on Washington Ave, in an amount not to exceed $60,000.00. 

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