The Ely City Council is holding a special meeting on Monday for the resignation of Robert Switzer. Switzer submitted his letter of resignation and Mayor Melody VanCamp has placed it on the agenda for the city council to accept.
Switzer was sworn into his position as city clerk in September 2014. At the time, Switzer noted his six years as mayor of Ontario, Oregon, before switching fields to become a manager in the trucking industry. Switzer has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Western Governor’s University.
But through the years, Switzer has had challenges with his job.
In June of 2017, right after the city elections and two new council members came on board, an item was placed on the agenda for discussion and possible action for three-year contracts for City Attorney Chuck Odgers and Switzer. Switzer’s contract was written for Switzer to work five days a week and the city would have been responsible for paying a 100 percent of the contribution required for enrollment into the State of Nevada Public Employee’s retirement program, and he would be paid $83,470 a year.
After much discussion the item was removed from the agenda.
In February of 2018, there was a personnel session for Switzer. The session was for alleged misconduct, professional competence of physical or mental health. Switzer stood before the council that evening and addressed all six items that were in question. Most were budgetary. Switzer provided explanations and exhibits of supporting documentation in his support.
Councilman Kurt Carson still made the motion to eliminate the city administrator position and councilman Tony DeFelice seconded it. But council members Sam Hanson, Jolene Gardner, and Ernie Flangas voted against it.
Monday evening meeting will also discuss recruitment for Switzer’s vacated position.