Town Manager resigns
After spending less than three months on the job, Town Manager Jim Lathrop tendered his resignation effective Friday, Feb. 10.
The Town Council held a special closed session meeting on Wednesday, and voted unanimously to accept Lathrop’s resignation. Lathrop, who began his brief tenure on Nov. 14, 2016, vacated his office this week.
First Warden Ken Lacoste told The Block Island Times that the Town Council is currently acting as Town Manager. The Town Council will designate an interim Town Manager at its next meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.
“The Town Council took this decision very seriously,” Lacoste said after the meeting. “It was an emotional decision.” Lacoste added: “This is something that happens in every city and town.”
“We will learn from this experience,” said Lacoste, who noted that the Council would have to search for another town manager.
Per Lathrop’s agreement with the town that was signed on Nov. 14, in the event that the Town Council “determines that Lathrop’s employment should not continue at any time during or at the conclusion of his probationary period (May 14, 2017),” his agreement will terminate. As a condition of the agreement, Lathrop would then receive three months severance pay per the Town Charter, and the town shall make COBRA health insurance payments on his behalf for one-year from his termination date.