The Silverton Town Council accepted the resignation of Town Administrator Bill Gardner in a unanimous vote on Monday, Jan. 30, with a provision that it takes effect in 30 days and that Gardner is provided with three months severance pay.
Gardner was hired as town administrator in July 2015.
He’s the town’s seventh administrator (or interim administrator) in the last decade.
On Monday night, Gardner read a letter to Mayor Tookey noting that he will be 69 years old in August.
“And I have promised my wonderful wife Chris that this will be my last year in this very demanding job that takes me away from my family way more than I like.”
Gardner pointed out that he did not enjoy 100 percent board support.
“Controversy comes with the territory in my position, and I appreciate that some Board members would prefer to see me leave sooner than the end of the year. I think the interest of both myself and the town would be served by such an arrangement,” Gardner said.
His resignation will take effect Feb. 28.
Gardner said he will “give priority to assisting with a transition of my duties to whoever the Board designates to be come interim Town Administrator while a permanent replacement is being sought.”
Gardner said he’s enjoyed his time as town administrator “immensely and I believe that the town administration is greatly improved, thanks largely to the superb staff we have assembled and thanks also to the board’s support of the mission we have been pursuing — excellence in municipal government.”