Middletown city manager Doug Adkins apologizes for outburst incident at Triple Moon Coffee

After deadline passes for suspended Middletown city manager, what’s next?

Adkins faced a Thursday deadline to submit a written response or request a public hearing as provided by the City Charter. That deadline was 30 days after Middletown City Council started the process to terminate him on Nov. 5.

MORE: No indication yet on next step in Middletown city manager termination

Council unanimously approved that preliminary resolution of its intent to terminate Adkins and suspend him with pay pending the final termination resolution. The preliminary resolution was approved as an emergency measure that took immediate effect.

The Journal-News has left numerous messages with Adkins seeking comment on his future plans or if he was going to seek a public hearing concerning his termination as provided in the City Charter. As of midday Friday, none of those calls have been returned by Adkins.

MORE: Middletown reacts to council’s move to begin city manager termination

Earlier this week, Acting City Manager Susan Cohen declined to comment on what the city offered Adkins in exchange for a possible resignation.

The charter provides for three months of salary from the date of the preliminary resolution for a city manager being terminated. Although past councils have initiated the process to terminate the city manager, all eventually submitted their resignations before a final termination vote was held by council, according to city records.

MORE: Middletown council begins process to terminate city manager

In the Nov. 5 preliminary resolution, council said it was commencing the process as it “no longer desires to employ Douglas Adkins as City Manager because of irreconcilable differences between Council and Mr. Adkins concerning leadership style, and these differences make his continued work as City Manager untenable.”

City spokeswoman Shelby Quinlivan said earlier this week that a request for proposals was being prepared for the new city manager search. That process cannot start until Adkins is officially terminated by council or a separation agreement is negotiated, according to city officials. The selection process for a new city manager could take six to nine months, officials said.

MORE: Middletown city manager’s actions focus of special council meeting

Adkins, 56,was hired in September 2005 as an assistant city prosecutor. He eventually was promoted to city prosecutor and community redevelopment director before becoming city manager in June 2014. His current contract expires in July 2020, and his annual salary is $165,000.

MORE: Middletown city manager suspended for outburst in local business

Much of the Middletown community was surprised about the pending termination of Adkins despite the many accomplishments that the city has seen in his tenure. Many of Adkins’ accomplishments as city manager were outlined in his plan when he applied and was eventually hired for the position in 2014.

MORE: Emails show breaking point of Middletown police chief, city manager

Thank you for reading the Journal-News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Journal-News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.