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Colonial Beach fires town manager and chief financial officer

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 10:55 am

In two separate resolutions, following two closed sessions, the Colonial Beach Town Council voted to terminate the employment of the town manager Val Foulds and the chief financial officer Joan Grant.

The Council went into closed session for well over an hour prior to voting on the resolution to terminate Grant’s employment. Grant was at the meeting with her husband, Ed. Council did not call Grant into the closed session.

As soon as they voted on Grant, the Council returned to closed session for 27 minutes. The vote to terminate Foulds’s employment was voted on by five of the members with councilman Burkett Lyburn abstaining from the vote. No reason was given for his abstention.

The resolutions were read by town attorney Andrea Erard, “The Colonial Beach Town Council hereby terminates its employment relationship with (each employee was named and titled) without cause, effective immediately, and approves a lump sum payment equal to three months payment of her current salary pursuant to section 3 of her employment agreement.”

Grant and Foulds were placed on administrative leave at the August 5 work session. No reason was given by Council at any point.

An unnamed person relayed information that the suspensions were due to an issue with the funding of the new elementary school. During a phone interview, Foulds agreed with that.

Foulds was named interim town manager in September 2008 following then town manager Tim Krawczel being placed on paid administrative leave. She was named to the position officially in February 2009.

Prior to Foulds the town has had eight town managers in nine years.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.