Freedman resigns as city manager

Freedman resigns as city manager

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Fulton’s city manager has tendered his resignation after less than a year on the job.
Steven Freedman sub-mitted his resignation to the Fulton City Commission during an executive session Monday evening.
The resignation is effective June 30.
In his resignation letter, Freedman told the mayor and commissioners it has been a privilege working for the City of Fulton and its citizens. He said he looks back “with a sense of accomplishment and at what our commission, community and employees have achieved.”
He also told them he looks forward to completing his time in Fulton through the end of June.
“Fulton is a great place and has a wonderful future ahead of it in the years to come,” he wrote.
Fulton’s mayor and commissioners accepted Freedman’s resignation and also authorized him to begin advertising for the position.
Fulton Mayor Elaine Forrester said Freedman is going to help prepare the city’s budget before he officially leaves and she actually hopes a successor can be in place before he goes.
She told The Messenger Freedman was not asked to resign or anything of that nature and she said his decision to leave was “very amicable.”
“He’s done a lot of good things,” Mrs. Forrester said. “He’s a very smart man. He’s got some business interests and family, and he’s a long way from home.”
Freedman relocated from San Diego to Fulton and has been on the job as Fulton’s city manager since about mid-July 2011.
The Fulton City Commission voted during a called meeting June 15, 2011, to hire Freedman. He succeeded Kenney Etherton, who resigned April 1, 2011, to accept a position as executive director of the Fulton County (Ky.) Transit Authority.
According to a press release issued by the City of Fulton after Freedman’s hiring, he is a licensed certified public accountant who obtained a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, in business administration and accounting from San Diego State University. He also has a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge.
He is experienced in a wide array of business, budgeting and financial planning and he began his professional career at Ernst & Young, working in audit and tax. After public accounting, he joined a real estate syndicate and managed a substantial portfolio of diverse holdings. He more recently served in the private capacity of an independent advisor and consultant.
Freedman could not be reached for comment.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 3.16.12

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