Editor's Note: This story has been republished with the permission of the Copperas Cove Leader-Press, where it originally appeared.
The Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation is now without an executive director, after Marc Farmer was suddenly removed from that position as of the close of business on Wednesday, not even six months into the job, reportedly with the ultimatum—resign, or be fired.
Via an open records request, the Leader-Press obtained a six-page letter from Roy Davis, the city’s human resources director, addressed to Farmer with the subject line “Notice of Removal – Unsatisfactory Performance during Initial Evaluation Period.”
The November 8 letter stated that Farmer’s performance “has been at best marginal and a number of efforts have been made to help you improve your performance and make you aware that you were not meeting expectations.”
Farmer’s removal may seem abrupt, particularly after Copperas Cove voters gave a resounding “no” to the creation of a municipal development district, or MDD, the first step in dissolving the CCEDC.
However, according to that November 8 letter, trouble began brewing for Farmer as far back as July.