By: Joe Strupp
Both the editor and the publisher of the Fort Collins Coloradoan resigned Wednesday in a surprise move that came without explanation, the paper reported Thursday.
Publisher Dorothy Bland, who had run the paper for 11 years, and executive editor Michael Limon, who had served three years at that post, quit with little notice or reason, the paper reported.
City Editor Pat Ferrier was named interim executive editor while a search is done for a permanent replacement. The Gannett-owned could name a new publisher as soon as today, the paper said.
The Coloradoan, with a weekday circulation of about 28,000, has 240 employees, including 39 in the newsroom.
Arnold Garson, vice president of Gannett’s Pacific newspaper group, met with employees Wednesday to answer questions about the resignations, but declined to discuss specifics of the two executives’ departures. “This newspaper will remain a vital part of the community,” he told workers.
The Coloradoan reported that Limon, when reached for comment, said he could not speak about the reason for his departure. “I wish the newspaper and the staff the best,” he was quoted as saying.
Bland also said she could not discuss her resignation.