Cologne City Administrator fired

The Cologne City Council fired city administrator John Douville during a closed meeting late Wednesday evening, Oct. 10.

Mayor Bernie Shambour Jr. confirmed the action the following day.

“The City Council discussions during the Oct 10 meeting did ultimately result in John Douville being terminated last night (on Oct 10) at about 10:40 p.m.,” he said.

Shambour did not share any specific reason for the termination, referring the issue to the city’s attorney. The NYA Times will be making a request for more information through the Data Practices Act.

Douville had been placed on paid administrative leave following an earlier closed meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2. It was the third time he had been placed on leave this year. He was also placed on paid administrative leave from May 17 through June 3, and was placed on unpaid leave from June 12-25.

The council had adopted a personal improvement plan for Douville and implemented the plan on May 31. Issues regarding his performance mentioned in the plan included a failure to satisfactorily supervise employees under his direction both in public works and in the city offices, a misappropriation of municipal funds by allowing third parties to use the community center facilities without paying the necessary fees, and storing personal data on the city’s computer system and server. He also failed to present revised personnel policies drafted by the city attorney’s office in the year 2008, according to the plan.

Douville declined to comment on the situation on Thursday.

Additional information will be shared when available.