Town of Silt faces potential lawsuit from terminated worker
SILT – A former town treasurer who was fired from the Town of Silt in late May has served the town with the first paperwork that could possibly lead to a lawsuit over what she claims was her wrongful termination.Kyra Markiecki, who was employed with the town for seven years, was terminated by the town board at a meeting on May 29.The allegations on which her firing was based include that she failed to obtain credentials required to perform her duties; did not follow directives and understand her job; chronic absenteeism; disruptive behavior in the work place; and violated the complaint procedures and due process, according to the minutes of the meeting.The board met in executive session and voted 5-1, with Mayor Dave Moore dissenting, to terminate Markiecki’s employment.Prior to the executive session at the meeting, Markiecki addressed the board and defended herself on each of the five points. She has hired Denver-based attorney Richard Dally to represent her.Markiecki had 180 days since her termination to submit the notice to the town.According to Dally, the town has 90 days of immunity since the notice was received on Aug. 27, in which to respond. If no settlement is reached or the notice is not answered, the town could be subject to a lawsuit.Markiecki’s termination as town treasurer came after the board demoted former police chief Paul Taylor to detective and was followed by the resignation of the town administrator and community development director.All three staff positions have since been filled.Markiecki, who has since found other employment, denies the allegations made at the personnel hearing and said she is not going to drop the case.”What (the town board) did was wrong and I got caught right in the middle of it,” she said.
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