Montrose ACT Votes Not to Renew CEO’s Contract
by Beverly Corbell
Oct 22, 2011 | 1178 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ken Brengle
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MONTROSE – The board of directors of the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism is not renewing its contract with Ken Brengle, who has headed the agency since early 2010.

Brengle was initially hired as a consultant, and later hired as president and CEO, according to a news release from Polly Hohlenkamp, chair of the Montrose ACT board.

Hohlenkamp could not be reached for comment, but Vice Chair Steve Savoy said the decision to not renew Brengle’s contract had nothing to do with his job performance, but was because of budget constraints.

But Brengle’s contract is not up until April 19, 2012, so he will continue to receive full pay until then, based on his $90,000-per-year salary. In the meantime, Jenni Sopsic will fill in as interim director, and will be given an additional $1,000 per month stipend. Sopsic is currently in charge of marketing and public relations for Montrose ACT.

Savoy said board members decided to let Brengle know their intentions sooner rather than later, and said they were abiding by terms of notice in the contract. He said there were “absolutely no bad feelings,” and that Brengle had accomplished a lot, including structuring the Montrose ACT from the bones of the former Montrose Chamber of Commerce.

“Ken set up a council form of government, and he set up detailed financials that were much more [efficiently] prepared and presented to the board,” Savoy said, citing the new special events and government affairs councils as examples.

Savoy said it was stressed, during the board’s executive session-discussion of Brengle’s contract, that he had done everything that was asked of him.

“We went out and hired an experienced chamber executive, and he certainly was that,” Savoy said. “We appreciate his professionalism, and would like to respect him and give him the opportunity to see what’s next for him.”

At Tuesday night’s Montrose City Council meeting, Mayor Kathy Ellis announced the Montrose ACT board’s non-renewal of Brengle’s contract.

“It was totally due to being budget conscious, and nothing to do with his performance,” she said.

Although it was news to Brengle when he was informed Tuesday of the board’s decision, he said he and his wife would start planning where they and 12-year-old son will go next. He said they had not bought a house in Montrose.

“It was a bit of a surprise,” he said. “Everything I did was positive.”

In the near term, Brengle said he would be “transitioning out of here” and cleaning out his office, but that he is on good terms with the board.

“I’ll be working with the board on making sure we have a smooth transition,’ he said. “It’s a positive separation. My work was good, what we accomplished was very positive, and the creation of Montrose ACT is exactly what they were looking for.”

Brengle said he is happy with the job he did by spearheading the creation of Montrose ACT.

“It will serve the community for a long time, and I’m very pleased with what we did and what we accomplished,” he said.
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