Littleton City Attorney Stephen Kemp was placed on paid administrative leave on Feb. 8 amid undisclosed “personnel issues,” Littleton Mayor Debbie Brinkman said on Feb. 12. “I'm not happy about …
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Littleton City Attorney Stephen Kemp was placed on paid administrative leave on Feb. 8 amid undisclosed “personnel issues,” Littleton Mayor Debbie Brinkman said on Feb. 12.
“I'm not happy about it,” Brinkman said. “We're on such a great roll and this is something we would definitely rather not deal with. Hopefully it won't disrupt us.”
The decision to place Kemp on leave will be formalized at a special meeting of Littleton City Council the evening of Feb. 12, according to an agenda published on the city's website.
Brinkman declined to comment on what spurred the move, but said the decision was based on “multiple conversations with decision makers.”
Brinkman said she delivered the news to Kemp on Feb. 8, and that the decision couldn't wait until the Feb. 12 council meeting.
“We couldn't have a public vote on this because of the speed and urgency at which this had to happen,” Brinkman said. “We needed swifter action than waiting for a public vote.”
City Council will hold an executive session on Feb. 23 to discuss the matter further, Brinkman said.
Kemp was hired as Littleton's city attorney in April 2017, according to a press release. He is Littleton city government's highest-paid employee, with an annual salary of $184,800, according to city documents.
Ken Fellman, a partner in the law firm Kissinger & Fellman, has been appointed to fill in for Kemp, Brinkman said.
Kemp, reached by phone, declined to comment.
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