GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — After less than two months on the job, Brent Clark has left his position as Grand Island city administrator.
A press release sent Tuesday from the city said Mayor Roger Steele and Clark mutually agreed to end Clark’s employment with the city and that Clark has “chosen to explore other opportunities.”
Clark was the city administrator in Broken Bow before coming to Grand Island. Steele, who is serving his first term as mayor, recommended Clark for the position. The Grand Island City Council unanimously approved Clark as the assistant city administrator in December.
Clark worked under then-City Administrator Marlan Ferguson during a transition period until Ferguson retired at the end of February. On March 1, Clark officially became city administrator, earning an annual salary of $150,943.
Clark is on paid administrative leave until next Tuesday’s City Council meeting, at which council members will vote on whether to accept his resignation.
Steele said that because Clark’s resignation was a personnel matter, he couldn’t talk about it more, but he did say the decision was mutual.
“I think we both agreed there was a difference in management priorities and styles. It was mutual that we should look at different opportunities. He’s going to look at different opportunities for himself. That was the basis for the decision,” he said.
If the City Council accepts Clark’s resignation, Steele intends to have City Attorney Jerry Janulewicz serve as interim city administrator. Janulewicz previously served as Hall County attorney.
City Council President Vaughn Minton said he was surprised to learn about Clark’s resignation when told about it by Steele. Minton said that although he didn’t work one on one with Clark, he thought Clark did a good job in the short time he was in Grand Island.
When contacted Tuesday, Clark said he had no comment on his decision to leave and that questions should be directed to the city.
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