The Plymouth City Council Fires City Manager Jeff Gardner

The Plymouth City Council Fires City Manager Jeff Gardner

The Plymouth City Council has fired city manager Jeff Gardner. Meeting in closed session at the end of their meeting on August 23, two weeks ago, the council voted on a 3-2 vote to exercise its right to terminate the agreement for city manager services with Gardner per his employment contract. Gardner, who has been city manager for six years, will work until September 28. Council member Leonard Burns, Vice Mayor Sandy Kyles and Mayor Jon Colburn voted to end Gardner’s contract, with Peter Amoruso and Keith White opposed. At their meeting last night, the council voted to appoint Carolyn Lehr as interim city manager. Lehr, has spent 30 years working in local government and 16 years as a city manager, most recently for the city of Emeryville, CA. She will fill the position while the city council conducts a formal search to fill the position permanently. Lehr will be paid $10,136 per month. Her appointment and contract was approved on a 3-0 vote, with council members Burns and White absent. City Clerk Gloria Stoddard announced her resignation at last night’s meeting as well, making clear it was in reaction to the firing of Gardner. Stoddard has worked for the city of Plymouth for 38 years.

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