Last night in an unexpected twist Pete Kampfer resigned during a Kermit City Council executive session.
Pete Kampfer spearheaded a lot of new programs for the City of Kermit, such as the cities plastic bag ban, and the Reclaim Kermit initiative, progress was being made, but Kampfer says that the city council changed direction, which ultimately led him to resign.
“I think Peter Kampfer did some really good things in the short time that he was here…. I wish Pete had a little bit better salesmen skills and maybe he could have finished some of these things,” said Winkler County Sheriff, George Keely.
Kampfer’s role as City Manager had a stigma before he even started, he says his start date was pushed back a month after some local media sources falsely reported he had sued previous cities he worked for, information he says that was found online.
“That’s all anonymous blogging and crud,” said former City Manager, Pete Kampfer.
Kampfer says that last night he was discussing conventional plans with city council members, that would benefit the city, but for some reason they were not on board, and instead they wanted to do nothing.
“Very Traditional and innocuous and being a good city manager in the state of Texas…I think the direction they want to head in, is purely do nothing.”
It’s important to note that most of the city council members that voted in Pete Kampfer were no longer council members when he resigned last night. He says that city changed its course, so it was time to part ways.
“Go in different direction and that’s contrary to the way I was hired and my agreement, so I said what I can work out as the best resolution, so I submitted my resignation.”
With Kampfer resigning the city will once again be without a city manager, but Sheriff Keely feels life will go on as usual in the city of Kermit.
“They won’t bat an eye they’ll move forward, they’ll find somebody and we’ll keep on doing what we we’ll just keep on keeping on that’s the way America is.”
We reached out to the mayor for comment on the city manager’s unexpected resignation, but he was unavailable for comment.