City Manager Mandi Cody has resigned her position. Her resignation, which was accepted on Monday evening by City Council during their regular July meeting, was effective immediately upon the vote by Council.
In her letter of resignation, dated July 3, Cody said, “During the three years that I have served in this role, we have accomplished much. First among these accomplishments are a resolution to the Service Delivery Strategy that brings tax equity to the citizens of Metter and a model economic development strategy that includes strong partnerships with the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Southern University.
“We have successfully converted the financial and utility billing software, enhanced the safety and services of the fire department and have better served our customers through route systems and other improved efficiencies. And I look forward to next month, when I expect the Metter Police Department will receive State Certification.
“As I move forward into new professional endeavors, I wish the citizens and employees of the City of Metter continued success.”
Attempts to reach Cody for additional comments on Tuesday morning were unsuccessful as of press time.
Cody’s resignation on Monday came one week after employees arrived at work on July 1 to find that her office had been cleared out of all personal effects.
The week before, tensions were high between Cody and council during a called budget workshop on June 26 when Cody opted to sit in the audience instead of at her designated seat at the Council table.
Cody has been employed with the City of Metter for three years, since May 2, 2016. She was originally contracted for two years at an annual salary of $78,000. However, in October of 2016, five months after her employment, Council extended her contract to five years at an annual salary of $100,000.