FLG City Manager Tenders Resignation, Citing 2 Council Members’ “Political Ambitions” & “Personal Agendas”


BREAKING.
The Jeff Oravits Show has obtained Flagstaff City Manager Josh Copley’s letter of resignation. The scathing letter mentions two unspecified council members and states that he has,

“repeatedly been treated in an unprofessional and discourteous manner 
by two council members who seem to be more concerned with their political ambitions and personal agendas rather than the good of the City as a whole”

Copley goes on to talk about the Council and states,

“While I have come to expect this type of behavior from those two, I am deeply disappointed in the remainder of the council”

Copley’s resignation letter continues,

“As a leader, I would never think to treat my subordinates with such careless disregard and to allow this to pass without strenuous objection is a discredit to me and, vicariously, to all of the wonderful employees of our great City”

Copley’s hope, according to his letter is that his departure will “spark”

“some council members to put aside petty differences and strive to respect and value each other for the greater good of our citizens”


Copy of the letter attached and transcribed below.

I’ll discuss this tomorrow on the Jeff Oravits Show at 4PM on 97.1FM, the Big Talker and streaming at http://www.BigTalkerRadio.com

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Full letter

February 7, 2018
Good morning Mayor, Vice-Mayor, and Council,

First, I would like to express to you my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to have served you and our community as your City Manager over the past two and a half years. It has been an honor and privilege for me and, indeed, the highlight of my long career with the City of Flagstaff.

As is often the case, however, there are thorns among the roses of life and it is with a sad heart that I feel I must tender my resignation from the City effective May 8, 2018.

Over the course of the past few months, I have repeatedly been treated in an unprofessional and discourteous manner by two council members who seem to be more concerned with their political ambitions and personal agendas rather than the good of the City as a whole. While I have come to expect this type of behavior from those two, I am deeply disappointed in the remainder of the council who appear to have chosen to succumb to unseemly tactics and renege on a commitment made to me to allow me the small courtesy of deciding when I would choose to retire. As a leader, I would never think to treat my subordinates with such careless disregard and to allow this to pass without strenuous objection is a discredit to me and, vicariously, to all of the wonderful employees of our great City.

There are a host of difficult challenges that lay before the City in the coming months and I do not feel that I now have the ability to effectively lead us through them without the support and backing of the Council. To ask me to remain in my position, in such an impaired state, is like asking a mechanic to fix your car now while also saying you intend to take it somewhere else in the future. It is imperative to the success of any City Manager to be able to work in a collegial and trusting environment with a council that respects that office, and the City Charter.

While my decision creates a significant financial burden for me, I am first and foremost a man of honor and integrity. My motivation has always been a passion for humble, servant-oriented leadership and service without expectation of personal gain. My hope is that my departure will spark a renewed interest among some council members to put aside petty differences and strive to respect and value each other for the greater good of our citizens. This may set the stage for a more productive and respectful dialogue with city staff who deserve our best first thoughts and undivided attention.

This is not the way I would have imagined that my thirty-three years of service to Flagstaff would end but I remain committed to continuing to serve you with the highest standard of professionalism, decorum, and dignity until May 8, 2018 or sooner if you desire, provided a suitable replacement can be found.

Respectfully submitted,

Josh Copley City Manager

 


6 thoughts on “FLG City Manager Tenders Resignation, Citing 2 Council Members’ “Political Ambitions” & “Personal Agendas”

  1. All I have to say…………is I hope next time around people do their homework before they fill in that oval circle for an unworthy candidate. Who are more concerned with their personal agenda then they are with our city!

    1. I tend to agree with your second choice , Putzova and Barotz,as they both seem to value themselves , their opinions, above what anyone else thinks. I remember how both treated the employees as to the Marriott contract as the City employees were trying to save Flagstaff Tapayers monies as to the plans; seems they did not go through the City Council until time to present what was going on…neither council member were pleased that they were informed so late…..whether right or wrong…instead of taking them aside afterwards to tell them of their displeasure, they were rude to chide them while the Council was in session. Jeff Orbvits was still on the Council at that time, had remained silent, had no way partaken in the criticism which was the right thing to do. The two women were so intent on their own status, they Failed to understand what the City Employees had in good faith to save not only time but money too. The City Employees should have received praise for their efforts but instead was chided as children so often are by their parents….I could not believe the two could be so crude in manners.

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