will end his career as Emmaus borough manager just shy of his three-year anniversary in the job, if council chooses to accept a letter of resignation from Neely dated Oct. 28.
Neely read the letter, addressed to Emmaus Mayor Winfield Iobst and council, aloud during Monday night’s meeting, publicly announcing his intent to resign as borough manager effective Dec. 6, 2011.
Neely asked council to refrain from voting on his resignation until , as he has been asked by some Emmaus officials to stay on in some capacity through the end of the year.
Neely, who began his career as Emmaus borough manager in January 2009, has been involved with Emmaus government since 1998, when he began serving on Emmaus Borough Council.
“In 1997, I ran for Borough Council because the town was awash with negativity, agitated by a small group of malcontents that I believed were ruining my hometown,” Neely wrote in his resignation letter. “(After being elected to council), I devoted a substantial portion of my life to restoring the public’s confidence in government and ensuring that Emmaus became a progressive community, looking to the future with optimism about where our teamwork among Council, community, and the public would take us.”
Following an executive session, council voted unanimously to begin advertising the borough manager position.