Paducah City Manager Jeff Pederson to Resign
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - After a closed session at Tuesday night's meeting of the Paducah Board of Commissioners, Mayor Brandi Harless asked City Manager Jeff Pederson to submit his letter of resignation based on her belief that a majority of the City Commission feels the same. 

"After listening to the comments of my colleagues, I have informed the City Manager that it is my opinion as Mayor that his resignation would be in the best interest of all concerned," said Mayor Harless. "Much has been accomplished in seven years because of the efforts of the City Manager and past Commissions, and for that, I am thankful."

Pederson informed the Mayor verbally that he will resign. 

"I consider it a privilege to have served Paducah as City Manager and to have led this organization for the past seven years," Pederson said.  "It has been an honor to work with such an impressive group of professional employees who share my calling for public service and organizational advancement.  Furthermore, I am proud to see around the community the various public projects that I helped initiate and guide.  I will always cherish my seven years in this amazing city."

Pederson has agreed to continue as City Manager through January 12, 2018, to assist the City of Paducah during this transition position.

"I'm dedicated to a quick and effective search and hiring of a new city manager," Harless said. "Next week, Commissioners, City Manager Pederson, and staff will participate in a strategic planning process to identify more clearly the goals of this Commission which will help clearly lay out the characteristics we will be looking for in our next city manager."

"While we are pleased with much that has been done, we are, nonetheless, excited about embracing new ideas and pursuing new opportunities. Sometimes, in public life, as in many other places, a change in leadership can produce astonishing results."

Upon receiving the official resignation letter from Pederson, the Paducah Board of Commissioners will take final action at an upcoming meeting.

Pederson began his employment as Paducah's City Manager in December 2010.

Published 09:34 AM, Wednesday Nov. 08, 2017
Updated 10:25 AM, Thursday Nov. 09, 2017

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