Delta city manager resigns

Published: Jan. 31, 2020 at 9:45 PM MST
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The Delta City Manager is now stepping down.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had someone that’s sat in that position and have made it their own and really knocked it out of the park for everyone- it’s hard though,” says Delta Councilman, Nathan Clay.

Delta City Manager David Torgler announced his resignation at a session on Tuesday, following a several month long misconduct investigation.

The city will not be releasing what the misconduct was, but Councilman Nathan Clay says it wasn’t one single thing.

“A series of incidents kind of culminated in the case that we realized that it was going to be untenable to move forward together. It really wasn’t one instance; it wasn’t an event that was the straw that broke the camel’s back so to say,” says Clay.

In a previous report it was stated that there was an “alleged incident that took place at the end of this last summer in 2019,”. Though Clay explains this most recent incident was not the singular reason Torgler was investigated. Clay explains this most recent case was “settled with no ramifications”.

Torgler’s leaving isn’t something that’s unheard of.

“Unfortunately this is kind of a historical thing for Delta. Delta has had a real revolving door in that office for many reasons. Some negative, some because we had such a great person in there that they got poached by a municipality who could pay them more,” says Clay.

Now the city faces the inevitable and familiar task of finding someone new. But Clay says this could be the one silver lining.

“We’re looking for more of an internal process. We think maybe that’s been some of the problem in the past. That we didn’t judge enough for ourselves what Delta really needed, and we were being told what Delta needed,” says Clay.

Residents say they also see the bright side of the situation, as a new step forward for Delta.

“I don’t know a ton about the situation, but I know it could provide an opportunity to spur some of that growth that might help Delta County grow quite a bit into the future, which I think it needs,” says resident, Cade Gafford.

Torgler served in his position for just over two years. His resignation goes into effect February 1, 2020.

The city has an interim already in place. Council will be involved in the hiring process of the new city manager.

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