In a surprise move during an executive session to discuss personnel at Monday night’s city council meeting, Peabody City Administrator Shane Marler resigned. On return to open session, Marler read a letter of resignation in which he cited the negative effect the stress of the job has had on his health and family.
“After much consideration, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for me to move on,” he said. “While there is never an ideal time to leave, I feel I am leaving you in a good position and poised for success. I want to thank each of you for the opportunity you have afforded me over the last 5½ years, but the time has come for a new direction.”
Council member Tom Schmidt made a motion to accept the resignation with the appreciation of the city council for Marler’s contributions. The resignation is effective Aug. 26.
“Shane’s resignation came as a surprise to the entire governing body,” Schmidt said after the meeting. “He has been an integral part of the city, first as Peabody Main Street director and this past year as city administrator and PMSA director.
“He has helped recruit businesses, helped them start up, assisted them in developing business plans and found funding through Main Street IWW funds or direct bank loans,” Schmidt said. “He had vision, ideas, a great work ethic, and enthusiasm. He will be missed and we thank him for his above-and-beyond service.”
Marler indicated he intends to stay on as Peabody Main Street Director, pending a decision by the Main Street board of directors. A date and time for that meeting has not yet been established.