Fired Erie official A.J. Krieger named interim town manager of Firestone

Former Erie Town Administrator Arthur “A.J.” Krieger, who last week was , has been named interim town manager of Firestone.

The Carbon Valley town named Krieger as finalist for the position on May 3, several days before his ousting in Erie. He was selected over the sole other candidate, Michael Segrest, according to Firestone‘s website.

“The Board of Trustees last night voted unanimously to appoint A.J. Krieger as Firestone‘s interim town manager,” Firestone Communication Coordinator Becky Schol said in a statement. “Krieger has more than 25 years of municipal government experience, with expertise in leadership, human resource and staff development, budget and financial management, and economic and community development.”

Krieger, who lives in Broomfield, will begin serving in his new role immediately.

The decision to appoint Krieger, which was made at a special Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday evening, comes at a tumultuous time for both towns‘ top staff.

Krieger‘s termination in Erie, which came suddenly and without any reason given to the public, saw a fair share of resistance from residents and at least one trustee. And in Firestone, former Town Manager Bruce Nickerson resigned, and was subsequently , after allegations of workplace misconduct by multiple women surfaced in March.

Erie Trustee Dan Woog, who offered the sole “no” vote on the decision to fire Krieger, criticized the murky circumstances leading up to the meeting. Woog said that he was not present for any discussions ahead of the meeting regarding plans to fire Krieger, and that if any of the other trustees had met or talked privately ahead of the vote, it may constitute a violation of the state‘s open meetings law.

A Colorado Open Records Act request filed with Erie for a separation agreement with Krieger, or any discussions related to his firing, failed to return any documents.

Because the situation is a personnel issue, officials said, the details of Krieger‘s removal are unlikely to be disclosed publicly.

Efforts to reach Krieger for comment Thursday were unsuccessful.

Prior to his nearly decade-long stint in Erie, Krieger served as city manager in Ferguson, Mo., for three years before he was by the City Council in 2004. He would be reinstated just days later after an outcry from residents.

Four years later, he was asked to leave his post as city manager in Northglenn after serving there for 16 months. He resigned in May 2008.

It wasn‘t immediately clear what he will be paid in his new role, though at the time of his departure from Erie, his salary was roughly $170,000 a year.