Hopewell city manager resigns
By Caitlin Davis, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 18, 2013, 09:52
HOPEWELL — With a vote that seemed to send shock waves through council chambers on Tuesday night, City Council authorized the resignation of City Manager Dr. Edwin Daley.
After over an hour in closed session, Councilor Jackie Shornak made a motion to amend the special meeting agenda to authorize the mayor to execute the resignation agreement between the City of Hopewell and Edwin Daley; the vote was unanimous, with Councilor Christina Luman-Bailey absent from the meeting Tuesday night.
Daley was not present for the vote as just moments before he was seen talking to Mayor Mike Bujakowski, which was followed by him gathering up his things and walking out of council chambers.
Daley was the city manager for six years in the city of Hopewell; the longest running term of a city manager since 2000. Alan Archer was the city manager from August 2004 to August 2006, preceded by Peter Bine, city manager from November 2000 to April 2004. Clinton Strong was the longest running city manager in the past 13 years, with a term that ran from 1977 to 2000.
When asked after the meeting, Daley did not want to provide a comment on his resignation but appeared visibly shaken.
“Resignations of any city official are always difficult,” said Vice Mayor Jasmine Gore after the meeting.
Though admitting it was a tough decision, Bujakowski said now is the time for the tide to change in the city, especially among the seven people sitting on council.
“It is up to this council now to lead this city,” Bujakowski said after the meeting. “This council is probably more important than any other council in a while. We have to set the standard and raise the bar and help the departments and management keep on track and keep moving forward.”
Bujakowski also stressed the importance of a united council, noting it was time to put “petty differences aside” and start coming together. He remained optimistic that council would be able to meet the upcoming challenges of having a void in the city.
“We need to row in the same direction as hard and fast as we can,” Bujakowski said. “We’ll rise to the occasion and we will help fill the void until we fill it permanently. We’ll survive and we’ll move forward. There will be turmoil but we will be fine; we have to be.”
As of press time, no official announcement has been made on the temporary replacement of Daley. However, Bujakowski said council is currently looking at options to fill the seat until a more permanent replacement can be made.
A possible interim city manager resigned recently to take another job. Assistant City Manager for Development March Altman's last day was Tuesday. He left to become director of community development for Powhatan.