During the Culver Town Council meeting on Tuesday, December 13th, Council President Bill Githens asked the board for a motion to rescind the $25,000 appropriation in the 2023 budget for the town’s public match for the Blue Zones Project. After a short discussion, the Culver Town Council voted 3 to 2 to pull their support for the project.
As a result of the actions of the Culver Town Council, Culver Town Manager Ginny Munroe submitted her letter of resignation due to those actions to all members on Wednesday evening, December 14th.
A copy of her letter of resignation follows:
It is with a heavy heart that I submit this letter to tender my resignation, effective February 10, 2023. As of January, I will have completed a 16-year run with the Town. It has been a good run and I am proud of the work we have done.
Last night’s decision was a shock to me and many in the public. It blindsided me. I have always believed that the one common mission among us was an environment of mutual trust and respect. I also strongly believed that we based decisions on public input and with full transparency. We did that well and I appreciate the times we did accomplish that. Your decision last night was contrary to all I believed about how we worked together and how we should govern. Though shocking, it is something I must accept and respond to. I will move on knowing we accomplished a great deal of good for Culver. I am proud to have worked with you and the Town’s staff.
On a personal note, my time here has been an incredible life experience that has gifted me in immeasurable ways. In those times of collaboration, we not only made the best decisions for the Town of Culver, but we also made the best decisions to value our citizens and the surrounding community, making Culver a better place to live and work. Often, we led the way in the County and for that and the relationships it gave my life, I am grateful.
The next 9 weeks will be a challenge. I intend to focus on my replacement and on getting a Builder Commissioner in place. I think you will agree that my energy would be best focused on finding capable people to handle those jobs. I will also prepare documentation and file folders of all of the active work, lawsuit issues pending, and project assignments for those replacements or those who will need to cover the various projects in the interim.
The one thing I know having done this job is that you have a tremendously talented staff. I don’t intend to affect the morale of our staff with negativity. It will be important for them to step up through a transition of leadership. I will make every effort to ensure a smooth and positive transition to whomever follows me. You can count on my professionalism in the coming weeks.
I gave considerable thought to the length of my notice. I wanted to be sure that with the holidays and the amount of work on my plate, I provided enough time to ensure a smooth transition. If there are loose ends to tie up or significant challenges come February, we can evaluate that when the time comes, and perhaps, I can help you on a freelance basis for the short term. In the meantime, I will make every effort to finish out my days with the same work ethic and passion for Culver that have motivated my work these past 16 years.