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April 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Sarkozy resigns as Bellevue city manager

Steve Sarkozy, Bellevue city manager

Steve Sarkozy, Bellevue city manager

Steve Sarkozy, Bellevue city manager since 2000, has resigned effective May 15.

The City Council approved a severance agreement at the end of Monday night’s meeeting, after an executive session.

Mayor Conrad Lee described Sarkozy’s departure as a mutual decision that reflected the thinking of all seven council members.

“He’s been a very good city manager for us,” Lee said in a phone interview. “That’s why I think he’s stayed this many years. It’s unusual for a city manager to stay this long. I think the average length is five to seven years, maybe less.”

Sarkozy, who oversaw a massive building boom in downtown Bellevue and helped set the stage for redevelopment of the Bel-Red Corridor, was paid $237,540 a year and will receive one year’s pay as part of a severance package, Lee said.

Deputy City Manager Brad Miyake will become interim city manager while a national search firm is hired to find Sarkozy’s successor.

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