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Date(s) - 03/01/2024 - 03/31/2024
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Over the 8+ years that I have served as City Manager we’ve accomplished a tremendous number of projects, improved
our financial position, and set the standard for transparency in everything we do. I am extremely proud of how far the City
Council and City Staff have moved the City forward during this time. Equally important, I am grateful for the community
partners and supportive residents that helped make these accomplishments possible.
As I approach the last stage of my career and evaluate my long-term goals, I have to acknowledge the toll that the City
Manager role takes on you personally and professionally. In order for me to be my best for the people that matter the most
to me, my family, I need to make a change and have decided to pursue another opportunity within the region. As such, I
notified the Mayor and City Council last week that I will be resigning my position, effective March 31, 2024.
Mayor Carolin Harvey states, “Gary has done an incredible job for us and is a great asset that we hate to see go. But, I
understand his decision and wish him the best!”.
The past 13 years at the City of Carbondale has been the best work experience of my career. As a community, you should
feel confident that your city government is stacked with very talented, dedicated professionals at every level. They are the
reason that we’ve been able to pursue and accomplish so many transformative projects like rebuilding our downtown,
securing $22 million of funding to build a new multimodal facility, adding miles of bike paths, improving our street
conditions, attacking sustainability initiatives, and restoring several distressed parks that were transferred to us in recent
years. Please support these folks as they continue to provide these essential services while keeping you safe.
The Mayor will be speaking with City Staff this week to evaluate directors that have expressed interest in assuming the
Interim City Manager role. The City Council will discuss possible appointments at their March 12 meeting. The process to
find a permanent City Manager will occur at a future date.
If you have questions regarding this press release, please call 618-457-3229.
“Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease.
It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are
open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways.
That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”

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