Oneonta City Manager George Korthauer has resigned from his position, the city announced Monday, Jan. 13. 

Korthauer’s resignation is effective Friday, Feb. 7, according to a media release from the city. Korthauer did not return multiple calls seeking comment.

Korthauer’s salary is $110,000 and his term was supposed to last for three years. 

“Considering the expiration of my contract in August, my leaving now will permit the Common Council, with its many new members, to appoint a city manager of their choosing early on,” Korthauer said in the release. “It is an honor to have served as city manager in Oneonta and to have worked for and with great people who are talented, conscientious and dedicated to this community and its municipal government.”

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig said Korthauer submitted his resignation Tuesday, Jan. 7. Herzig declined to comment on why Korthauer was resigning. 

Herzig said he didn’t yet know who the interim city manager would be and that it was too early to provide any precise details and dates concerning Korthauer’s replacement. Korthauer will work with the council members during the transition period.

“Right now, the focus is going to be on preparing for the transition and creating a strategy for hiring a new city manager,” Herzig said.

Herzig in the release credited Korthauer for his knowledge of municipal equipment, which he said has benefited city operations. 

Korthauer was the city manager of Petoskey, Michigan, from 1983 to 2009, according to Daily Star records. Korthauer took early retirement from that position in 2009 and served as the CEO of the Michigan-based nonprofit Allied EMS Systems until he was hired as city manager of Oneonta in 2017. 

Korthauer is Oneonta’s third city manager since the position was created in 2012. The city’s first full-time manager, Michael H. Long, left the job in May 2014. Long’s successor, Martin D. Murphy, resigned in July 2015 after being suspended by a council which had lost confidence in him. 

The city manager is hired by Common Council members and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the city, according to the city’s website. These include the supervision of all employees, coordination and delivery of services, and oversight of fiscal management, according to the Oneonta City Charter. The city manager also appoints all department heads, officers and employees of the city with approval from the Common Council, and leads the annual planning and budgeting process.

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at skarikehalli@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_ShwetaK on Twitter.

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