KIMBERLY• Kimberly City Administrator Polly Hulsey has resigned, city officials have confirmed.
Hulsey submitted a letter of resignation Wednesday in which she stated she would step down April 2, Mayor Tracy Armstrong said.
“Polly has a lot of excellent qualities,” he said. “With her resume, I don’t think she will have any trouble finding an administrative position. She has done a lot of good things for the city of Kimberly.”
Hulsey could not be reached Thursday for comment. Her resignation followed a debate over the need for her position at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
“If Polly ran into any kind of road block, it’s that her vision for growth is something the citizens aren’t quite ready for,” Armstrong said.
Hulsey, the former city clerk, was promoted to the position of administrator about four years ago, when the job was created. She earned about $80,000 a year in that position.
Armstrong said Hulsey can’t be blamed for her salary level, that the City Council at the time approved it based on her performance and that it was nothing she expected.
Still, some members of the community have openly questioned the need for such a position and whether the city could afford to pay that kind of salary.
Looking ahead, Hulsey’s duties could be split among other city staff or the City Council could decide to hire another administrator, Armstrong said. The council was in the process of creating an official job description for the administrator’s position prior to Hulsey’s resignation.
“The council is considering some options,” Armstrong said. “Between now and (April 2) we will spend some time to come up with the best plan for this scenario.”