OTTUMWA — Finance Director Bob Jay is retiring next month, the second high-level professional in Ottumwa’s city staff to announce a departure in the past couple weeks.
Jay said the reason for his retirement was simply that “I’m old enough to.” He has served as Ottumwa’s finance director for the past decade.
“I’ve always tried to put the citizens first,” he said.
Jay’s retirement is effective Oct. 4. The city has already placed an ad for a new finance director on its website. Candidates need either a CPA or undergraduate degrees in finance or accounting. The ad also requires at least seven years’ experience in municipal or corporate finance.
The position pays $90,000 to $110,000, depending on experience. The city set an application deadline of Oct. 11.
Jay’s departure comes just two weeks after the resignation of City Administrator Andy Morris, who had been placed on administrative leave following the Aug. 20 council meeting. Morris’ resignation was contingent on reaching a settlement with the city, which could have happened as soon as Tuesday’s session.
But the severance agreement with Morris was removed from the agenda at the request for Councilman Marc Roe. It remains unresolved.
On Thursday morning the city announced an unusual Friday session. Most of the 5 p.m. session is not going to be open to the public. The agenda points to an exemption in the state’s open meetings law allowing for closed discussions “in matters that are presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent.”
While those discussions are legal, all meetings must begin and end in open session.