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Update Monday, Aug. 6, 2:50 p.m.

Fire Chief Eddie Athey is Seward's acting city manager. Former City Manager Jim Hunt appointed Athey before he left on Friday, Athey and Executive Liaison GeNeil Flaherty told the Journal. 

Friday, Aug. 3

City Manager Jim Hunt walked away from his job today, Aug. 3, according to an email he sent to members of the council and obtained by the Seward Journal. Hunt had originally announced his resignation on July 23, tendering thirty days’ notice to the council as required in his contract.

By that calendar, Hunt would have left his post Aug. 22.

 “As a result of the negativity of one particular City Council member, I find it better for the staff and for this community to step down from the position of city manager effective today,” Hunt said, likely referring to Council Member Suzanne Towsley, a former employee of Hunt’s with whom he has butted heads.

“I leave this post with tremendous pride in the employees of this great city and with gratitude for the opportunity to serve,” he added.

Before he left on Friday, Hunt appointed Campgrounds Supervisor Brennan Hickok to the position of assistant city manager, a post that Hunt had himself pursued.

Who would take over as acting city manager was not clear on Friday evening.