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Troyer out as Elkhart railroad museum coordinator

Elkhart city councilman Ron Troyer is out as coordinator of the New York Central Railroad Museum.

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 14, 2011 at 3:43 a.m.

ELKHART -- Elkhart city councilman Ron Troyer is out as coordinator of the New York Central Railroad Museum. How voluntary that departure was, though, depends on whom you ask.

Troyer, the top official at the city-operated attraction for more than three years, said Mayor Dick Moore gave him three options -- resign, be fired or mop floors.

The two have frequently butted heads over how the South Main Street museum should be managed, Troyer said, with the mayor asking for his resignation on multiple occasions over the past year.

The situation finally came to a breaking point Tuesday, Troyer said, with Moore's ultimatum.

"He claimed I had virtually no management skills," he said. "He's dogged me on this for quite some time."

Moore, however, said he considers Troyer's exit to be a resignation due to personal reasons. The first-term mayor said he asked Troyer to stay on staff until at least Friday and also offered him a position conducting tours at the museum.

Troyer declined both requests, according to Moore, and said he was leaving immediately.

Moore praised Troyer for his efforts in improving the museum, but acknowledged he had issues with Troyer's ability to keep it headed in the right direction.

"I was satisfied with his knowledge of the museum and the way he moved it forward," Moore said. "As far as the management of the facility, I believe he took it as far as he could. And now I think it's time for someone to move it on."

For more on this story, see Friday's edition of The Elkhart Truth and eTruth.com.


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