Interim Star Valley Town Manager Lanny Sloan said the decision to withdraw his name from consideration for the permanent position was not a difficult one.
"Often the council and manager do not work well with each other," he said. "Sometimes they do not fit well together."
Sloan said he made his final decision not to seek the position Tuesday afternoon.
Before that afternoon, "there was still a chance," he said. "I still had hopes that I would be willing to stay."
He said he came to the conclusion that it would be better for him to move on.
Sloan said knowing there were some council members looking in a different direction contributed to his decision. He said some council members had expressed an interest in hiring him for the permanent position.
"I think it is important for the council to not be divided," he said. "I know some of the council did not feel I was going in the direction they wanted."
He said he knew it would be difficult for him to continue working in Star Valley after being informed that there were a few council members who were telling people at an August meeting of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns that the town was looking for a new manager. People at the meeting called him to tell him what had transpired, he said.
"I knew then that the town was looking in a different direction," he said.
When asked whether he will stay on until the council finds a replacement, Sloan said he has not been offered anything. So, it would be tough for him to stay, and added he works for a paycheck.
Sloan said his biggest accomplishment in his short time as the manager of Star Valley was getting everything in place for a new town so it could continue to operate.
Sloan said he is looking for a new job, but has no prospects.