Assistant city manager Lauren Palmer will resign May 22 to become city administrator for Parkville, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City. Her resignation was announced Friday by city manager Ron R. Fehr.
“Lauren has provided exemplary service and dedication,” Fehr said. “She played an instrumental role in working with various agencies and businesses to foster our economic development activities. She is a rising star in the profession.”
Palmer has been assistant city manager since January 2008. In her role, she coordinated legislative and intergovernmental activities. Fehr credited her with playing a vital part in many community and economic development accomplishments, including the opening of the Flint Hills Discovery Center, coordination of regional jet service to Manhattan Regional Airport and associated funding, the expansion of CivicPlus, as well as renewal of the half-cent sales tax.
“I cannot begin to adequately express my gratitude for the opportunity of serving the Manhattan community,” Palmer said. “As I reflect on the past five years, I am overwhelmed by the myriad of ways I was challenged and fulfilled in my professional duties.”
There was no immediate announcement regarding the plan for identifying her replacement.