In what many would call a surprise move, Grand Junction's City Manager announces his resignation. During a press conference Friday afternoon outside of City Hall, City Manager Kelly Arnold announced his last day on the job will be July third. Arnold who has served as City Manager for the past six years says he's ready to see what else his future holds. Under Arnold's leadership a significant number of initiatives and projects were accomplished by the city.
To a name a few, the Riverside Parkway bond election and planning, The successful transformation of Two Rivers Convention Center and the construction of a new Fire Station. However Arnold has recently been in the spotlight due to controversial issues surrounding the Van Gundy Salvage Yard property, the Fire Department's EMS Service, and the drug allegations against Former Fire Chief Rick Beatty.
Arnold say while relevant, these issues did not factor into his decision and feels it's just the right to move forward. Although his last day is July third, Arnold will stay on as a consultant for the city for a six month period. The 44–year–old says he has nothing lined up in the immediate future and plans to take this time to figure out what's next in his career. He says he hasn't ruled out another city manager position.
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