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Sisters Parts Ways With Longtime City Manager

OPB | April 1, 2013 3:14 p.m. | Updated: April 1, 2013 4:28 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

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The Sisters City Council voted 3 to 2 to accept the resignation of its longtime city manager.

After more than a decade on the job, one of Eileen Stein’s last official actions was to issue a joint press release with Sisters Mayor Brad Boyd announcing her departure.

The letter didn’t say why she was leaving.  But according to the two councilors who voted against accepting the resignation, Stein was essentially forced out. 

In a letter, Catherine Childress and David Asson criticized the council majority for a process they said wasn’t transparent.

Former city manager Stein did not return a call seeking comment.  Neither did councilors McKibbon Womack or Wendy Holzman, who voted in the majority. 

Mayor Brad Boyd declined to be recorded for an interview, citing the sensitivity of the matter.   

Stein’s departure comes more than a year after a failed attempt by a previous city council to force her from her job.

Under the terms of the settlement, Stein will receive a severance package worth just under $100,000, as well as a pre-approved letter of recommendation from the city.

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