Altus, OK —- In a formal letter addressed to the Mayor dated July 15, 2014, City Manager Elizabeth Gray submitted her letter of resignation from the City’s top position.
Gray has served the Altus community since January of 2012. Consistent with contract terms which require a 30-day written notification, Gray states her last day with the City of Altus will be August 15, allowing Council time to advertise for her replacement.
“I have really enjoyed my time here in Altus as your City Manager. Altus is a very unique, close knit city. City of Altus employees are truly the engine that makes this City hum and are a caring and dedicated work force. The Altus City Council serves out of a genuine passion for doing what is right for Altus citizens. Altus is well-positioned for future growth with the coming of the KC-46A fuel tanker to the Altus Air Force Base. I look forward to watching the continued growth and successes of the Altus area,” Gray said in her letter.
Mayor David Webb noted Gray’s time with the city. “Elizabeth Gray exemplifies the Council’s vision to passionately serve the public. I know I speak for the council in thanking Elizabeth for the chapters in the Altus story that she has written during her almost three years as city manager. Elizabeth led us through some tough times and we are better off as a City organization because she was here.”
Upon the departure of City Administrator Mike Nettles in 2011, the Council selected Gray to serve as City Administrator. As City Administrator she carried out the policies and programs as determined by the City Council and directed by the Mayor. In November, 2013, City voters determined that the City would adopt the City Manager form of Government, the City Council later named Elizabeth Gray their City Manager. She was responsible for administering an annual budget of $55 million and overseeing a staff of 201 full time and 35 part time city employees.
While at the helm and under Gray’s leadership, the City finances improved and technological improvements were made. Many projects moved forward including the Park Lane Paving Project, substation repairs, electrical upgrades and water plant upgrades. Ms. Gray has been involved in and has begun implementing the Southwest Oklahoma Water Action Plan with work commencing on the Holloway Well Field and the new water line that will run along Highway 283 to the Elmer turnoff. During her tenure, Gray was an elector on the OMPA Board, Member of the Altus Southwest Area Economic Development Corporation, member of the Chamber of Commerce, Military Affairs Committee and the Committee of 100.
Prior to coming to Altus, Elizabeth served the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska as Assistant City Manager and Interim Manager. She also served the City of Shawnee in a number of capacities including Assistant to the City Manager and Chief of Operations. Gray has accepted the position of City Manager for The City of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, a post she will assume September 1, 2014.
Mayor Webb noted, “I wish Elizabeth and her family much success and happiness as she begins her journey in Sand Springs.”