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June 25, 2014

Live Oak CRA director resigns

Tim Williams’ resignation is effective July 30

Live Oak —

The Live Oak Community Redevelopment Agency board voted unanimously Tuesday night at their regular monthly meeting to accept the resignation of CRA Director Tim Williams, effective July 30. The board then voted to proceed with advertising to fill the vacancy.

The Wellborn resident was hired as CRA director in September 2013.

Williams did not give direct reasoning behind his resignation, but in a letter he told the CRA board to “identify goals, set policy, legislate, then turn your director loose to get the job done. Make sure they have the tools they need, and treat them fairly.”

Williams told the board he would be willing to remain as CRA director until the end of July due to several obligations.

“I have significant responsibilities to the (Live Oak Freedom Festival), farmers market and budget cycle and I’m happy to stay on until the end of July and help put detailed information and budget numbers together to support the facilitated workshops,” he said. “I would even consider working on an ad hoc basis to support specific projects if the board should desire, as long as there’s a clear responsibility/accountability matrix.”

At the end of his resignation letter, Williams provided eight suggestions he believes the board should consider before hiring a new director. 

Williams suggestions: a pay salary that is commensurate with the work, citing he has averaged just under $12 an hour with the salary he was making per year. Williams offered $60,000 as a salary to consider; having the director create a separate written purchasing policy for the CRA, not requiring interaction with the city administrative staff. He said the city does not have a written purchasing policy, and the CRA is a separate entity; providing the future director with a written structured accountability matrix with the director being responsible to the board chair, but only for activity approved by the board or initiated by the director in support of the plan; making the director responsible for the request for proposals (RFP) procedures; implementing an employee performance measurement and evaluation process and adopt a system based on International City/County Management Association standards; have non CRA city staff attend the annual Florida Redevelopment Association conference and any regional CRA workshops presented by FRA; the CRA become capable of independently applying for grants and finally suggested building an office for the CRA director and its documents. 

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