Loupe on leave from parks

By Corene Brisendine

The city’s director of parks and recreation has been placed on administrative leave.

Ron Fehr, city manager, confirmed the decision to place Curt Loupe on that leave status, but would not comment on the basis for the action. Nor would Fehr say when the leave began or when it will end. He did confirm that Loupe was on leave with pay.

Loupe declined to comment. Fehr said Loupe is “on vacation” right now. It is not clear whether or when he will return to his post.

In Loupe’s absence, the city’s website lists administrative supervisor Debbie Dugan as the department’s contact person.

Loupe has been head of the department since November of 2006. He succeeded Terry DeWeese, who had retired earlier that year in the aftermath of a department scandal involving the misuse of funds. (DeWeese was not implicated in the scandal.)

Prior to coming to Manhattan, Loupe had been director of a Topeka YMCA. He had previously served as director of parks and recreation in St. Charles County, Mo.

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