City parts ways with economic director

Monday, December 6, 2010
Dale Bunn

After four years on the job, Fort Scott Director of Economic Development Dale Bunn and the city of Fort Scott have decided to part ways.

Bunn, whose final day was Dec. 3, said there was no particular incident that lead to his departure. He said that it was a mutual decision between himself and Fort Scott City Manager Dave Martin.

"We kind of came to a joint decision that it would be better if we went in different directions," Bunn said Monday.

During his time with the city, Bunn has been involved in several projects including the Good Neighbor Blitz, Phoenix Committee, and most recently, the community rehabilitation project.

"I'm glad I was part of some of those things," he said. "I'm going to miss working directly on economic development, but I'll find some way to show my support and work on seeing the community grow."

Bunn said that he enjoys Fort Scott and intends to remain in the area. As far as what his plans are now, he said, "I don't know. I'm looking."

Prior to being hired as the Fort Scott Director of Economic Development, Bunn spent two years at University of Kansas where he earned a master's degree in business administration. Before that, he spent several years in Independence, Kan., where he managed a couple of businesses, served on the city commission, and served as mayor.

There have been reports that Bunn was not the only city employee who has been released. However, no others have been confirmed. Several phone calls to city offices were not returned as of press time.