GI Outlines Future After City Administrator Resignation

By: Megan Johnson Email
By: Megan Johnson Email

The resignation of the city administrator has Grand Island outlining a plan to move forward.

City Administrator Mary Lou Brown was noticeably absent from Tuesday night's city council meeting as Mayor Jay Vavricek announced that he had received her resignation.

When asked what led to the mayor's request for Brown's resignation, Council President Peg Gilbert said the past couple years have been "difficult."

"It's just a new beginning, we want a clean slate and we want the very best for our community and for our citizens and feel like this is something that in order to achieve some of those hurdles that we just need to do," says Gilbert.

City Attorney Bob Sivick say Brown is gone, but not for good.

"Ms. Brown is not in the building and she will not be working out of the building any longer," says Sivick. "She is working as a consultant for the city."

Sivick says the city will be paying Brown through September 30, the end of the fiscal year, to consult as the city works on their budget.

"Ms. Brown is a very talented individual, she has shepherded the last three city budgets both as administrator and as city finance director," says Sivick.

Neither Brown nor Vavricek were willing to speak with reporters on Wednesday, but in a late afternoon news release Vavricek said plans are in place to keep the city functioning until an interim city administrator is named.

Sivick says the mayor is working on finding that interim, a pick that should be brought up at the July 10th council meeting.

"My guess is whoever the mayor submits to the council will be approved because the mayor will not submit the name of anybody that does not have council support," says Sivick.

After that Sivick says the search will be on for a permanent administrator. He says the plan is to use an outside agency to do a nation-wide search for the best candidates.

"These individuals will be interviewed, the mayor will make that appointment and hopefully we would have a permanent administrator in place sometime within the next couple of months," says Sivick.

Will Grand Island City Administrator Mary Lou Brown's resignation change public opinion of the city?

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