More Resignations Out Of Delray

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Staff report

Another round of Delray Beach city and city agency employee resignations has recently taken place.

This summer economic development manager Elizabeth Burrows resigned and so did development services director Tim Stillings. Both submitted notices at the end of June.

Stillings last day in his role was July 26. Burrows finished July 12.

Before that, Community Redevelopment Agency executive director Jeff Costello resigned. He had worked for the CRA for 12 years and the city for 18 years. The CRA does function independently of the city.

Burrows’ boss the director of the office of economic development Joan Goodrich left in May to take a new job in Port St. Lucie.

Several city departments have acting or interim positions for the top roles.

The city’s finance department currently has an acting finance director running the department. Assistant city manager Caryn Gardner-Young is listed as the acting utilities director. There is an interim director of the neighborhood and services department while an open and active investigation on the previous director is being conducted.

The city manager is also being filled by an interim position. Fire Chief Neal de Jesus has been serving as the city manager since the commission fired previous manager Mark Lauzier.

A search for the next city manager is in the works with help from a head hunter.

City commissioners only control hiring and firing of the city manager, attorney and internal auditor. Mayor Shelly Petrolia has made known from the dais when residents complain about turnover. The city manager is the one who oversees the city’s personnel.