Sedgwick County commissioners have approved an agreement for the resignation of county manager Mike Scholes. The vote followed a half-hour executive session after the commission’s regular meeting Wednesday.
Scholes will have seven days to sign or revoke the agreement. It calls for his resignation as of November 30th and provides for a lump sum payment from the county of $205,427, covering almost nine months’ salary with benefits. Scholes and the commission also agreed to issue a joint statement, which was read by commission chairman David Dennis:
Both parties have agreed that it was in Sedgwick County’s and Mr. Scholes’ best interest to part ways. It’s time for both parties to look toward the future. I look forward to finishing out this year strong and serving our residents. It’s especially important to thank our great staff who have continued to focus their efforts and energy on delivering needed services to our citizens.
There have been tensions among commissioners and between the commissioners and Scholes in recent months over investigations into personnel matters at the county. The vote to approve the agreement with Scholes was approved by a 3-2 vote with chairman Dennis and commissioner Michael O’Donnell voting no.
Deputy county manager Tom Stolz was named as the interim county manager, but that was also approved by a 3-2 vote with commissioners Richard Ranzau and Jim Howell voting no.
Scholes has served as county manager since September, 2015. It will be up to a new county commission, with new members Pete Meitzner and Lacey Cruse taking office in January, to appoint a new county manager in 2019.