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Lyons City Administrator Chad Buckley Resigns

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LYONS, Kan. – Lyons City Administrator Chad Buckley announced his resignation during Monday night’s Lyons City Council meeting. Buckley tendered his verbal resignation effective immediately following a series of executive sessions. No reason was given for the decision. Buckley had served as City Administrator since March 2018.

Council President Fred Long at the start of the meeting asked that an executive session be added to the agenda to discuss the performance of non-elected personnel. The first five executive sessions, each lasting for 20 minutes, included City Clerk Gayla Horsch, City Counselor Melissa Miller, and Mayor Dustin Schultz.

Other executive sessions included Public Works Director Jared Jones, City Treasurer Rebecca Schechter, Police Chief Justin Holliday, and Human Resources Director Jennifer Wood. Following a ten-minute session that included Buckley, his resignation was announced.

Due to the length of time spent in executive session, a number of items on Monday’s agenda were tabled or otherwise deferred to the next meeting on May 15th. This included a proposal to purchase an emergency generator for one of the city’s water wells and a recommendation to change a personnel policy related to the evaluation process for the City Administrator.

Appointments

The council did approve the appointment of Craig Mullins to fill a vacant position on the Lyons Planning Commission. Also approved was Naomi Ludwig’s appointment to the Library Board to replace Molly Schultz, whose term expired April 30th, and the reappointment of John Brunk to the Library Board for a new four-year term.

City Code

Also approved was a revision to city codes related to building permits clarifying that a property owner can do their own work on their primary residence without having to hire a contractor.