Vandalia City Manager Robert Anderson turned in his letter of resignation Tuesday morning and will explore “other opportunities” about which he would not elaborate.
Anderson, 42, will serve his last day Friday, but said he would be available in a consulting role for a period of time.
“The way cities function, this time of year is a really good time of year to make a transition,” Anderson said, adding that the budgeting process is nearly done. “This city is in very good shape, not because I’ve been the city manager, but because they have good leadership in the city council and the department heads are outstanding. I’m leaving this place in good position, I think.”
The Vandalia City Council will meet tonight to formally accept Anderson’s resignation and appoint an interim city manager. Anderson said that the usual 30-day period between resignation and a last day wasn’t necessary because the last two months of the year aren’t nearly as busy as summer.
During Anderson’s nearly three-year tenure, the city has seen the arrival of businesses including Scene 75, White Castle’s new 75,000-square-foot frozen food facility and, more recently, Independent Can Co.’s 98,500-square-foot warehouse.
In August, Anderson took full responsibility for his actions after he was cited on a misdemeanor charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence after he was stopped by an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper on North Dixie Drive near Maxton Road. He was sentenced to a diversion program.
“Council was very supportive through that,” Anderson said. “They really understood I was pretty contrite — I still am — about it. I made a mistake. It wasn’t good judgment on my part. I didn’t hide from it. I faced it head on. They appreciated that. That really didn’t have a factor in this.”
In a press release, Vandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer said: “Through his leadership we’ve made great strides in broadening our tax base and creating an atmosphere for our citizens to grow and prosper.”