A Chandler executive hired away from Mesa last summer was fired last week without notice or explanation. Jeff Kramer was an assistant public works director in charge of traffic, streets and transit services since August.
His dismissal is considered “a probationary release” by city officials who have declined to comment further.
Kramer oversaw Chandler’s many ongoing street widening projects. He was also involved in planning the upcoming expansions of Riggs Road between Gilbert Road and Val Vista Drive and the intersection of Dobson and Warner roads. Both projects are set to begin later this year.
Other staff in the city’s public works department will take up the slack until a replacement is hired, though there is no plan in place to do so, said acting public works director Dan Cook. “I really haven’t even had the chance to talk to (human resources) about refilling it,” Cook said.
But no projects will be affected by Kramer’s departure, Cook said.
Kramer could not be reached for comment, but he lambasted Cook in an e-mail to city officials, accusing his former boss of improprieties including misinforming the City Council and other committees and mishandling city contracts.
“Unfortunately Dan Cook felt the need to release me from probation, completely unexpectedly, with a three-hour notice ...” Kramer wrote in an e-mail to council members and city management.
Cook declined comment Friday, citing personnel rules.
Cook, previously deputy public works director, was made acting public works director after Bryan Patterson retired last month. City officials are conducting a nationwide search for his replacement.
Kramer left as Mesa’s transportation director to take a 12 percent pay cut — from $123,427 down to $108,685 — in Chandler to work closer to his home and family, he said in the e-mail.