An Ocala, Fla. employee announces resignation after city manager was fired

OCALA — Assistant City Manager Bill Kauffman has announced he is retiring next month.

His announcement came a day after City Manager Sandra Wilson was sacked in a 3-2 City Council vote.

Kauffman was one of two top employees named in a report the city auditor released after investigating a whistleblower complaint about the way the city handles contracts for banking, bill printing, mailing, e-bill presentation and electronic Payment services created, had created. The auditor said he found no evidence of gross mismanagement but made some recommendations for future handling of the matters.

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Bill Kauffman: “I wish the city all the best”

In his three-paragraph letter to interim city manager Pete Lee, Kauffman said he was providing “a two-week notice period, with two weeks from today being my last day, May 4, 2022.” The letter is dated 20

“I’ve worked with a great group of people in the city and am proud to have been a part of the city’s progress and growth over the past seven years,” Kauffman wrote.

The letter ends, “It has been a privilege to have served the city of Ocala and I wish the city well.”

Contacted by Star-Banner, Kauffman said the auditor’s report did not affect his retirement decision.

“No, that’s been confirmed to me,” Kauffman said.

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Kauffman said people always have to weigh up what’s best for them. He said the city is doing well financially, functioning well and it was time for him to step down.

“It’s time for me to retire and take the next step in my life. I wish the city all the best. We have a great team here and I know they will do well. The city is in the best shape it’s ever been,” said Kauffmann.

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