Saturday, May 17, 2008

Town Manager Set To Leave Kayenta Township, Navajo Reservation

KAYENTA- For the past 2-1/2 years, Daniel Peaches has worked for the Kayenta Township on the Navajo Native American reservation as the Town Manager. On Monday evening, May 12 at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Kayenta Township, the Commissioners made a decision to re-advertise the position of Town Manager.

In January 2006, Peaches was given a contract after former Town Manager Gary Nelson was relieved of his duty in 2005.

The 5-member Commission made the decision while in executive session. According to Commissioner Chairman Eugene Badonie, “It was an over-whelming consensus among the Commissioners that Mr. Peaches fulfilled the terms and conditions of his contractual obligations.” He added, “He served during the most challenging times in the history of the Kayenta Township.”

“He wasn’t terminated or fired, his contract was up so we decided not to renew his contract,” said longtime Kayenta Township Commissioner Richard Mike.

One major obstacle that Mr. Peaches was not able to overcome was organizing a meeting with the Navajo Nation Economic Development Committee pertaining to local business issues and streamlining the Kayenta Township’s Business Site-Leasing Regulations in accordance with Navajo Nation Business Site-Leasing Regulations.

He is expected to be relieved of his duties on Friday, May 16 when Kayenta Township Economic Development Specialist Ed Whitewater will assume the position as the interim Town Manager until a new one is selected.

The Township Commission is grateful for his services and leadership during his employment with the Kayenta Township. Peaches was hired by the Commission in January 2006 but the Commission felt that it was time for new leadership and direction for the Township.

His major accomplishments during his administration as Town Manager include the rapid development of the Kayenta Recreation Center/Park and the movement of capital improvement projects within the Kayenta Township.

“Although his employment with the Kayenta Township was short he did the best he could with what resources he had,” said Commissioner Mike.

Commissioner Chairman Badonie stated, “Mr. Peaches is welcome to re-apply the position among other applicants.”

Jarvis Williams – KTC Community Involvement Coordinator

P.O. Box 1490 Kayenta, AZ 86033

(928) 697-8451

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