By DOUG NURSE / The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionPublished on: 08/24/07
The ongoing turmoil in the city of Milton has prompted Finance/Operations Director Carol Wolfe to submit her resignation, effective Sept. 7.
"It's been stressful at City Hall," Wolfe said Friday. "I have to have energy to take home to my two boys, who are 5 and 9. I felt like I was using all my energy at work. You have to strike a balance."
In addition to finding an interim city manager, Milton's City Council now has to hire a new operations director.
City Manager Aaron Bovos resigned Aug. 9 after coming under fire for the loss of $900,000 in tax revenue because of a missed deadline with the state.
Since then things seemed like they were calming down in Milton. The city council had had back-to-back uneventful meetings, and appeared to be in harmony on the budget.Wolfe said no one on the city council ever blamed her for the mishap with the tax revenue, which dogged Bovos.
"I never felt like a target," she said. "It was just the collective environment. "
City Councilwoman Karen Thurman spoke highly of Wolfe, who shepherded the city through its first annual budget process after Bovos left. "She was a valuable asset," Thurman said. "She's been wonderful, helping me become comfortable with the budget."
Wolfe said she is planning to join CH2M Hill-OMI, the company hired to provide day-to-day services at Milton. As a finance consultant and projects manager, she will join a pool of experts who parachute in when needed to help client cities, including Milton, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs and now Chattahoochee Hills. She said she probably will continue to be in Milton three days a week for the near future.
Wolfe came to Milton on Oct. 16 from Alpharetta, where she was city finance director. She earned $120,000 a year.