OSAWATOMIE — City Manager Don Cawby has resigned his post and has accepted a position as finance director for a municipality in the Kansas City metro area.

Cawby said Thursday, Aug. 8, he had enjoyed his time as city manager.

“It’s been a good run, but after eight years I felt like I was ready for a change,” Cawby said.

The City Council discussed Cawby’s resignation in executive session Thursday. When the council returned to open session that night, silence spoke volumes when a motion was sought to officially accept Cawby’s resignation. After a few seconds of council members looking at each other, a motion was made and the council voted unanimously to accept it.

The council did not discuss in open session how it planned to proceed with finding Cawby’s successor. The council conducted a wide search when Cawby was hired from a field of more than 30 applicants. More details about the search are likely in the coming days.

Cawby said he was looking forward to being a finance director because finance is an area he enjoys, and as a department head he’ll be able to focus on that role rather than having to wear multiple hats that all city managers wear.

The city hired Cawby in August 2011. Before that, Cawby had been deputy director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission.

He also has served as city manager of Osage City and Parsons, Kan. Other organizations he has worked for include the Kansas Division of the Budget and the Kansas Legislative Research Department.

“Don has been a great asset to this community,” Mayor Mark Govea said.

Some of Cawby’s recent accomplishments include orchestrating street and sidewalk projects on Main Street and efforts to shore up the city’s electrical power system.

Cawby said his last day is tentatively set for Sept. 20.

It’s the second recent city manager opening in Miami County.

The city of Paola recently hired a company to launch a national search for a city manager to succeed Jay Wieland, who plans to retire at the end of the year or whenever a replacement can be found.

Cawby was the unanimous choice of the Osawatomie council in 2011 from a field of more than 30 applicants and five finalists.

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or doug.carder@miconews.com.

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