Broken Arrow City Manager Resigns

After less than two years in office Broken Arrow City Manager Thomas Moton Junior is quitting.

He sent a resignation letter to the city council on Friday.

"Mr. Moton did express a desire to city council that he wanted to pursue other employment opportunities and to spend more time with his family," said Krista Flasch, Communications Director with Broken Arrow.

In his letter Moton states, "After careful consideration, I have decided to resign as City Manager effective July 21, 2014."

Council members discussed the matter on Monday night during a special meeting. The council voted to approve. Moton's resignation and separation agreement.

"If you were to look at the separation agreement , it does call for a severance package," Flasch said.

Since the council approved the separation agreement, Moton will receive more than $91,000 in severance pay.

"The severance package is in accordance with the terms of his agreement. As far as what comparable a city our size would pay in a severance package, I can't comment on that," Flasch said.

In November 2012, Moton became City Manager. He's credited for making positive changes in the community. Such as helping in numerous economic development and redevelopment projects, including revitalizing the Rose District. The city also credits Moton for assisting in the renovation of the public safety complex and the new water treatment plant that's been serving residents since April.

Moton's recent submission of resignation has some residents shocked.

"I was surprised because he's been very active. He's been around. I have seen him at a few functions," said resident David Nunneley.

On Monday night City Council appointed Russell Gale as Acting City Manager. Gale assumed duties as Acting City Manager immediately.