Wright, Bolton submit retirement letters

Red Oak City Administrator Brad Wright and Red Oak City Clerk Mary Bolton retired, effective the end of the year. Retirement letters from the duo were left in Mayor Shawnna Silvius’ city hall mailbox. Wright’s letter stated his last day of employment as Dec. 30. However, with accumulated vacation days, his last day at city hall will be Dec. 5. In his letter Wright said it is, “with a combination of excitement and regret” he submits the notice of his retirement from the city. He continued to say, “It is no secret that the dynamics of our elected body has changed significantly over the course of this last year, to the point where it has become obvious the sense of teamwork and mutual respect that elevated us in the past, no longer exists. It is due to this deterioration of the work environment that I find it now in my best interest to retire and move on to the next chapter of my life.” The end of 2022 will mark the completion of 21 years with Wright as city administrator in Red Oak. Bolton has served as city clerk after almost 39 years. Her last day with the city will be Dec. 31, but her last day in the office will be Dec. 2 in order to utilize unused leave. In her letter she did offer to assist with the city’s payroll until Dec. 31. Silvius called a special meeting for Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m. at the Red Oak Fire Station to discuss how the council will proceed moving forward. She commented, “This is a great time to start fresh and focus on moving the community forward with positive momentum.”

The Red Oak Express

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P.O. Box 377
Red Oak, IA 51566
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