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Holts Summit city administrator resigns

Holts Summit city administrator resigns

December 20th, 2018 by Seth Wolfmeyer in Local News

Matt Harline speaks during a Holts Summit Board of Aldermen meeting in May 2018, his first as city administrator. Harline resigned Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

Photo by Seth Wolfmeyer /News Tribune.

Holts Summit City Administrator Matt Harline submitted a resignation letter Monday, city staff said, ending his time in the position eight months after he was appointed.

The city declined to give any information on the circumstances behind his resignation, citing the city's policy of not commenting on personnel matters.

Harline said he was asked to resign by Mayor Landon Oxley for "legitimate reasons" based on, from his understanding, preferences on how the city is run.

"I was asked for my resignation, and the mayor gave his explanation," Harline said. "It was his right to ask for it. He's doing what he thinks is best and in the best interests of the city of Holts Summit."

Harline said he holds no animosity, that the city has "a lot of good things going on — a lot of good people, lot of good staff."

Oxley declined to comment on what led up to Harline's resignation, but said "with myself and the city, we wish Matt all the best."

City Clerk Hanna Lechner will temporarily be serving in the role of city administrator and city employee Brittany Berhorst will be handling the clerk duties. Oxley said he and the Board of Aldermen will work to form a plan to fill the position.

"I feel the city staff will do just fine; they're very capable at what they're doing," Oxley added.

There was no indication Harline planned to resign during an aldermen meeting Dec. 13, in which the city conducted several pieces of important business, including its 2019 budget, a new code of ordinances and an agreement with New Bloomfield involving Holts Summit's police department.

According to the city's budget, Harline's salary was set at $74,460 for 2019.