The Star Valley town council accepted the town manager's resignation effective immediately Thursday night at a special meeting.
After two hours in executive session, the council emerged and voted unanimously to accept Vito Tedeschi's resignation, rejecting his request to extend his contract to Dec. 31.
Tedeschi's desk was noticeably cleared off and most of his personal belongings already gone from the office when the meeting took place.
Mayor Chuck Heron said extending Tedeschi's contract, after he had resigned would be a distraction to those in the town.
Council member Gary Coon said it was Tedeschi's desire to leave, not the council's. The town must "move on now and get someone new."
The council will begin looking for someone as soon as possible, Heron said.
"In the meantime, we have knowledgeable people to fill in and take over," Coon said. "We'll be alright."
Tedeschi turned in his resignation papers Aug. 13, "in order to give them enough time to get a new town manager."
Tedeschi requested that his contract be extended till December, so the council has time to find a new manager and the lease on his rental expires.
It normally takes three to four months to hire a replacement, he said.
"I have been talking about leaving for the last month," he said.
Mayor Chuck Heron said his leaving did not surprise him.
"I know he was disappointed in the outcome of last weeks meeting," Heron said.
In his resignation letter to the council, Tedeschi said, "I feel that I have lost the faith of the new council and that a divorce is in order."
At the Aug. 5 meeting, Tedeschi recommended two properties for town facilities, which were both rejected by the council.
"I must admit that I was shocked, rude and condescending at the last town council meeting and apologize for my actions," Tedeschi said in the letter.
"I was tired from working the deals I thought you wanted, based on the retreat and executive session. I could have behaved better."
Tedeschi said he plans to go back into retirement. He has a home in Casa Grande, where his wife and two children live.
"My wife gave me the orders, she said I need to go back into retirement and enjoy life. They were Anita's orders," he said.
Tedeschi came out of retirement for the second time to work for Star Valley. He previously worked 30 years for cities and towns around Arizona.
"This was a brand new town so it was a chance to start up a town the right way," Tedeschi said. "I loved working here."
Tedeschi said in his resignation letter that he is available to do part-time consulting for the town.
Heron said Tedeschi did a good job as manager.
"He has done an excellent job in the things he has been involved in," Heron said. "He has done a tremendous job with the budget."
Also at the special meeting, the council renewed its contract with LFR, Inc. and accepted the motion to start a water sustainability study proposed by LFR, Inc.
The study will look at the volume of water storage in the area, the aquifer's ability to sustain growth and reiterate or disprove findings from a Clear Creek Associates water study in 2006.
Based on the findings from LFR, Inc. the town can finish its general plan, which is stopped until the water resources chapter is completed.