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Colonial Beach puts town manager on leave
Colonial Beach puts town manager on paid administrative leave

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Date published: 8/23/2008

BY FRANK DELANO

After 16 months on the job, Colonial Beach Town Manager Timothy J. Krawczel has been relieved of his duties by the Town Council.

Council placed Krawczel, 62, on paid administrative leave following a closed meeting with him Thursday night, Mayor Fred Rummage said yesterday.

"I suppose the town manager's duties will be dumped on my desk until we get a replacement," Rummage said.

Rummage and Councilman David H. Coombes refused to say why Krawczel had been asked to step down. Coombes said, "There is no question in my mind that the right decision was made." Council voted 6-1 to remove Krawczel, Rummage said. The sole dissenter was Karen J. Payne, he said.

Rummage said he expects Krawczel and council to meet again at a council work session next week.

"We're not talking about this until we hear back from the town manager. He didn't say much [Thursday] night," Rummage said.

Krawczel could not be reached for comment.

Krawczel, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, is the town's 18th manager since 1977. Last year, his salary was budgeted at $85,000 plus an additional $30,000 in possible merit-pay increases.

Krawczel replaced John C. Barkley, who quit after eight months on the job. Barkley was hired by the town in 2005 after he was fired as town manager of Dumfries.

Krawczel served as town manager of Cape Charles, Va., from 2005 until he resigned in 2007 for undisclosed reasons. He had also worked for Loudoun and Franklin counties.

In 1990, a female subordinate of Krawczel sued him and Loudoun County for sexual discrimination. A jury awarded the woman $650,000 in compensatory damages against the county and $25,000 in punitive damages against Krawczel.

Krawczel bought a $249,000 home in Colonial Beach last year.

Frank Delano: 804/333-3834
Email: fpdelano@gmail.com