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Campbell, administrator part ways

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The town of Campbell and its administrator are “parting ways” in what town officials are calling a mutual agreement.

The now former administrator James Gitz declined to comment. The town board accepted his resignation in a closed session Tuesday night, his last as administrator.

Gitz started as administrator and clerk in January with a three-year contract, in which he made $65,000 in wages and $13,000 in benefits.

Board members aren’t saying exactly why Gitz resigned, just that it was a mutual decision.

Supervisor Pat Post said Gitz was “not a good fit for the town,” and “he had a different way of doing things,” though the resignation had nothing to do with his performance.

“There’s no blame on either side,” she said.

Board Chairman Scott Johnson declined to comment, saying he’s “not at liberty to discuss personnel issues.”

Gitz and town leaders have not reached an agreement on whether his contract will be paid out, said Brent Smith, an attorney representing the town. That will be determined within a few days, Smith said.

The parties discussed the contract before Gitz’s resignation, Smith said, but he declined to offer specifics on the talks.

Gitz was previously a city administrator in Prairie du Chien. Before that, he was chief legal counsel for the city of Urbana, Ill., and served in the Illinois Legislature from 1979-1983.

The town of Campbell board will decide soon whether to hire another administrator, Johnson said, though those discussions have not been scheduled.

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