Boise City Council and Boise Co-op Board member David Eberle confirmed this morning that Co-op General Manager Ben Kuzma had not been suspended from the Co-op for his DUI arrest early on Dec. 11. Eberle reiterated that this is a personal, not a personnel issue.
"Ben made a mistake. All due diligence was done," said Eberle. "Now clearly if behavior continues, then we will take appropriate actions."
Kuzma recently replaced former Co-op General Manager Ken Kavanagh, who was ousted from his position amid controversy last year. Kavanagh had a history of problems with driving under the influence, which the Co-op board emphasized had nothing to do with his termination.
"A single mistake, again, does not rise to the level that we had prior," said Eberle. "[Kuzma's] not a 42-year employee who had a lot of friends. That was a very difficult and trying time; there were a lot of issues surrounding that. This is a new employee issue and he made a mistake … it’s a personal issue."