Yelm City Finance Director Joe Wolfe submitted his letter of resignation earlier this week following multiple weeks of administrative leave.
Yelm Communications Specialist Andrew Kollar said Thursday that City Administrator Michael Grayum would continue to oversee duties as acting finance director until a new director is hired. Kollar said he could not say why Wolfe was placed on administrative leave before retiring from his post. The Nisqually Valley News intends to pursue additional information through the Washington Public Records Act.
In a later email to the NVN, Kollar wrote that Wolfe resigned from his position to “pursue opportunities closer to home and spend more time with his family.”
“Joe came on board at a critical time for the City and played an instrumental role working with the City Administrator to transform the City’s budget into a guiding document that allows the City to prepare for challenges and take advantages of opportunities in the future,” Kollar wrote. “The City is in a better financial position because of his expertise and we wish him the best going forward.”
In addition to filling Wolfe’s role, Grayum is also working as acting public works director. Director Chad Bedlington is currently on family and medical leave, Kollar wrote, and the length of his time away remains uncertain. To respect his privacy, the city is not currently discussing the details of his absence.
Information on when both Wolfe and Bedlington took their respective leaves was not available by Thursday afternoon.