The Executive Board of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission has voted to part ways with Executive Director Terry Kohlbuss. The board Thursday agreed to a separation agreement. It must still be signed by both parties after some direction advanced by board members.
Board Vice-Chairman Russ Crawford says he can't go into specifics...but this has been a long time coming.
“This has been a painful experience,” Crawford tells reporters, “and I've been on this Commission since 1978. Not only have I never experienced it, I've never in my wildest imagination contemplated what we've been through.”
Crawford says the commission has gone through a back-and-forth with Kohlbuss for at least six months.
“I'm very proud of the commission staff and I'm very proud of the commissioners and the way they've handled this. It hasn't been easy,” Crawford says. “There's no guidebook or path for how to do this.”
Crawford will not detail what led all parties to this point, but gives a hint.
“We have a personnel handbook that is woefully in need of revision,” Crawford says. “It had some gray areas. Especially gray areas for the position of Executive Director. It appeared to be written for staff only."
Kohlbuss has been TRPC Executive Director since 1996.
The board's action is not subject to approval by the full Tri-County Regional Planning Commission because Kohlbuss is an employee of the Executive Board and not the Commission.