Westerly Town Manager submits resignation


WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) — The Town Manager of Westerly has resigned, town officials announced on Thursday.

According to the town clerk, Michelle Buck submitted her letter of resignation to Town Council President Christopher Duhamel during a council meeting on Wednesday.

In the letter, Buck said the separation was necessary for a few reasons, including her “health, happiness, and professional career.”

In the letter, Buck made reference to some hardships along the way, saying in part:

One single issue and its related tangents have come to dominate, if not paralyze, our collective ability to articulate and recommend appropriate policy, build consensus, and achieve timely implementation.

She continued, saying that she is proud of everything she accomplished while holing the title of Town Manager.

I do not view my eventual departure as failure. There are many successes to note; including a clean audit, a timely spring paving contract, and the recent reaffirmation of the Town’s Bond rating by Moody’s and S&P from the new bond issuance. Further, I have enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime, serving as Town Manager in my hometown. I have been enriched by the experience and proud of my accomplishments.

Buck’s resignation will be effective as soon as someone is appointed to succeed her.

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