Two of Mayor Jim Suttle's department directors are leaving City Hall.
City Planning Director Rick Cunningham said he will resign his position once Mayor-elect Jean Stothert takes office.
“It took a lot of soul-searching on my part, but it's probably for the best,” Cunningham said in an interview, adding that he hasn't been in touch with Stothert's transition team.
“I made this decision on my own, to control my own life.”
Richard O'Gara, the city's human resources director, recently tendered a resignation letter, Suttle's office said.
Steve Kerrigan is currently serving as the city's acting human resources director, a mayoral spokesman said.
Cunningham's department was targeted by Suttle's challengers during the campaign. Stothert had said she felt the department needed new leadership.
In addition to planning and human resources directors, Stothert must fill out her Cabinet with directors for the parks and finance departments.
In a statement, the mayor-elect thanked Cunningham and O'Gara for their service and acknowledged the importance of both positions.
“I will look to hire experienced directors who will manage their departments effectively and efficiently to move Omaha forward,” she said.
Cunningham says he'll leave on June 10, the date of Stothert's inauguration. A reception in Cunningham's honor is scheduled at City Hall that day.
“I am proud of what I believe has been accomplished while I've been here,” Cunningham said. “It was a great pleasure being here and serving in my hometown. It's been an honor.”
Suttle thanked both men for their service.
“Mr. Cunningham and Mr. O'Gara served our city with distinction,” Suttle said in a statement.
“They are leading voices in an administration dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Omahans.”
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