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.