Editor's Note: This is the most recent in a string of changes at the top levels of city management this year: former City Manager Jim Woods retired, former City Attorney Suzanne Staiert was fired, Cmdr. Bruce Beckman retired then was elected to city council, former Mayor Doug Clark and former city councilor Jose Trujillo did not seek re-election, and former Planning Commissioner Jerry Valdes now sits on council.
Littleton Deputy City Manager Phil Cortese announced today that he will leave employment at the City of Littleton effective Jan. 15, 2012.
“Over the past few months, City Manager Michael Penny and I have been discussing the role of the deputy city manager,” Cortese said. “After assessing the needs of the organization, understanding Michael’s style of management as ‘hands on,’ and in consideration of my own personal and professional growth, we’ve agreed that this is a good time for me to explore other opportunities. I look forward to new challenges and wish Michael, the city council and staff the very best.”
Cortese’s annual salary was $144,888. He has signed a separation agreement that stipulates the city pay him six weeks salary, a 4 percent retirement match on that sum, and the health-insurance premium for he and his wife for up to 18 months unless he becomes eligible for benefits elsewhere.
Penny said: “In order to create efficiencies and best serve the needs of our organization and the community, I am looking at areas where we can reorganize and restructure city operations. The staff and I are working diligently with city council to develop goals and objectives to carry us into the future. I want to make sure our staff is aligned to carry them forward. Phil has made many significant contributions to the city during his 12-year tenure. The staff, city council and I wish him well."