City Manager’s Resignation is Official

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Amarillo City Manager Jarrett Atkinson’s Resignation is official.

The city council accepted his resignation Tuesday in a 3-2 vote.

Mayor Paul Harpole says he wishes Atkinson were staying, saying he has been faced with quite a bit during his time as manager and done a good job.

His last day hasn’t been determined yet.

He turned in his resignation last Monday.

There is supposed to be a 90 day notice before his final day, but the mayor tells us there is a mutual agreement to work together when it comes to deciding when his final day will be.

Atkinson asked to work through November 17th and then have his final day has manager be the 26th.

He did say he will be available as long as the council would like him to be, though.

Mayor Harpole says his l
ast day as manager will most likely be sometime at the end of next month.

He tells us, “He wants to make sure that we get an interim person in place.  He wants to be sure that his staff understands the transition.  He wants to be sure that it’s smooth and professional, and that we do this with the least amount of concern that we possibly can.”

He says that the city manager has been a dedicated employee and has done a lot to strengthen the city. 

Mayor Harpole and councilman Eades both voted against accepting the resignation.

He says they certainly knew it was coming, but it was just a way of making a public statement that he doesn’t want Atkinson to leave.

He says it’s a difficult time for him with what they’re trying to accomplish with Amarillo.

Atkinson has been with the city for more than a decade and took the city manager position nearly five years ago.

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