Colwyn Borough Hall buzzed with anxiety and emotions Monday night as residents and news crews crowded former Council President Paul Meuser to hear that Paula Brown’s job as borough manager has officially been eliminated.
The controversial Brown, along with Meuser, was actually fired last Thursday night in a contentious Council meeting, but she refused to accept the decision and barricaded herself in her borough office for 24 hours.
Meuser said he didn’t like being dethroned or the decision to eliminate the controversial borough manager’s job, but there was nothing he could do about it.
Council met in a closed-door executive session early Monday evening with new Council President Fred Lesher, Meuser, and remaining members Massa Kamara, Tonette Pray, Martha Van Auken, Patricia Williams and Mayor Michael Blue.
Lesher left borough hall, with state police at the ready in case things got uglier, and was berated by residents with shouts of “extortioner!” “liar” and “traitor!”
He said the borough manager’s job was eliminated to save money, but Brown claims it was for another reason.Brown said Lesher owes $1,600 in property taxes, and he once asked her for $3,000 in cash or he would threaten to have her fired.
Former code enforcer Daniel Rutland has the same complaint.
“Fred called me and said he needed cash money and that cushy job of mine will be gone if I didn’t give him any,” Rutland said.