Avondale Mayor: City Manager Clai Brown says decision to leave is finalAvondale Estates City Manager Clai Brown stands next to a portrait of his father, former city manager and police chief Dewey Brown. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt
It looks like Avondale Estates City Manager Clai Brown is definitely on his way out.
“On December 12th, both myself and Commissioner [Randy] Beebe met with Clai to understand better his reasons for resigning and to seek a path forward for establishing a better working relationship,” Mayor Jonathan Elmore said in an email to residents. “Clai said he would reconsider and both myself and Commissioner Beebe met again Friday morning to get Clai’s answer. Unfortunately, Clai has decided to maintain his resignation.
“I very much appreciate the hard work and dedication that Clai has provided to our city for the last ten years, and I wish him the best in his future endeavors. We will meet soon with Clai to develop and communicate a plan that ensures a smooth transition.”
Brown plans to leave on Feb. 16, 2018.
A disagreement about the city budget preceded Brown’s resignation, but during the Dec. 11 City Commission meeting Brown said, “It is not the budget!”
So what is it about? Brown won’t say. Decaturish has asked to interview Brown several times, but he has not responded to those messages.
Brown’s departure was a surprise to many. He has deep roots in Avondale. Brown has been city manager since 2008. He is the son of Dewey Brown, who was the city manager and police chief for Avondale Estates for 46 years.