For the second time in less than three weeks, a department head has announced he’ll leave the city of Hendersonville’s employ after holding the permanent position for less than a year.
“It is with a heavy heart that I notify you of my intentions to resign my employment from the city of Hendersonville in the near future,” Human Resources Director Chris Taylor wrote in a resignation letter to Chief of Operations Jesse Eckenroth on July 14.
Taylor said that his wife was presented with “an incredible professional opportunity” through her employer that will require the two to move away from Middle Tennessee for a period of time.
“As much as I appreciate and will miss my work family in Hendersonville, this is an opportunity that we simply could not refuse,” he said.
He expects to leave his position in late August or early September, Taylor added.
Taylor notified the city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen in an email on Monday, July 19.
“I am certainly humbled and consider it a great honor for the opportunity to have served this organization and all of the employees over the past six years,” he said.
Taylor was hired as assistant director of human resources in September 2015. He was named the interim human resources manager in February 2020 after former Human Resources Manager Peter Voss left the city to go to work for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS).
Taylor was promoted to the permanent position of human resources director in July of 2020 by Dave LeMarbre who was serving as interim city administrator. The city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 11-1-1 to confirm LeMarbre’s appointment with Mayor Jamie Clary abstaining from the vote and Ward 6 Alderman Jim Waters voting against it.
After his appointment, Taylor noted to the Hendersonville Standard the challenges his department faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“However, we have continued to move important initiatives forward including recruiting/hiring a city administrator, several key policy revisions, and online insurance open enrollments for the first time,” he said. “I am committed to helping lead our organization, through HR initiatives and transparency, to become the employer of choice in municipal government in Tennessee.”
Taylor is the second department head to resign the city’s employ in a three-week period.
Public Works Director Marshall Boyd resigned June 25. Boyd started his new job as county engineer for Sumner County’s Department of Development Services on July 12.
Like Taylor, Boyd had been named an interim director before accepting the permanent position in September 2020. City Engineer Sarah Lock is currently serving as the city’s interim public works director.
In his email to BOMA, Taylor said that he’s met with Eckenroth to discuss a plan of action moving forward for the Human Resources Department.
“My hope is that this city continues to support the Human Resource professionals that it employs as it is critical to the success of the organization, the employees and their families,” he added.