longtime employee of the City of Dearborn has announced she will soon step down.
Susan Crowley, city clerk, has submitted a letter of resignation indicating her last day on the job will be Aug. 22. Mayor Josh Linville read her letter at Monday night’s meeting of the board of aldermen.
“She didn’t give a reason. It was a short, polite letter,” the mayor said, adding that Crowley offered no specifics on the reasoning for her resignation.
Linville and other city leaders said they are saddened to see Crowley step down.
“Susan pretty much ran the city. She made sure everything got to municipal court, she sent out water bills, she paid all the city bills,” Linville said.
He said he really doesn’t know what prompted the resignation.
“I’m sure she had her reasons, but I have so much respect for her I won’t speculate as to why she did what she did,” Linville remarked. “She must have had a very good reason.”
Linville said Crowley had served as city clerk for the past 15 years. Prior to that, she had been city treasurer for six years.
As of press time, Crowley had not returned a phone call from The Landmark.
“I don’t think people of Dearborn understand what they lost with her leaving. She was willing to go in on her off hours to help people out and she kept her calm through everything,” the mayor added.
Alderman Gary Bomar offered similar comments.
“Susan is a good person. I’ve never had a problem with her. We were cruising right along, but it seems with every step forward we take two backwards,” Bomar stated.
Alderman Louis Buntin, who just a few days earlier had submitted a notice of resignation, rescinded his notice and announced he will stay on the board.
“There were just some situations that seemed to be ongoing that I wasn’t comfortable with. Those issues have been resolved since then,” Buntin told The Landmark this week, declining to be more specific. “I have decided to carry through and do what I told those people that voted for me what I was going to do. We have some good things going on and we need as much continuity as we can.”
As for Crowley’s resignation, Buntin said: “She was a valuable employee.”
In another matter, city officials report progress is being made on the new park/ball diamond.
“Our park is shaping up nicely,” Bomar said. “It now looks like a park. We’re getting ready to disc it, smooth it, seed it and put in the ball diamond.”
Linville said the plan is to seed the surface by Sept. 15.
“It’s now a matter of figuring out what amenities we want to have in there and how we’re going to set it up,” the mayor said.