City, golf manager appear ready to part ways

By Patrick Fisher, Staff Writer

The New Prague City Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 28, concerning a separation agreement between the city and Ken Norland, manager and golf pro at the city's Golf Club.

The 5 p.m. meeting at the City Hall Council Chambers (upstairs meeting room) will begin with a closed session. The agenda states that the closed session is for consultation with its attorney about a threatened litigation matter.

The second agenda item listed is for the council to reconvene in open session and consider a separation agreement between the city and Ken Norland.

City Administrator Mike Johnson said it was a very good likelihood action will be taken at the meeting.

During the past several months, members of the New Prague Golf Board have been critical of Norland and how he has operated the club. There has been some discussion at the board meetings about eliminating the golf manager position to help the golf club save money.

At an August 31 special meeting the golf board recommended by a 3-2 vote to terminate the position. At its September 7 meeting the council sent the recommendation back to the board due to questions as to whether the action and materials used to reach it violated the state's open meeting laws.

When asked if the golf board's actions had left the city open for litigation concerning data privacy laws, Johnson said, I don't know if I have a good answer for that.

He noted it was unfortunate the situation has come about, but added there were times when it was better for an employer and employee to part company. They were working on a joint separation agreement.

When reached by phone, Norland told The Times that he couldn't comment on the situation at this time.

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