Public Works director, parks commissioner resign

February 4, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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Public Works Director Maiya Andrews submitted her resignation to then-City Manager John Starbard Jan. 11 in the form of a letter, and her resignation will take effect Feb. 10.

In an e-mail, Parks Commissioner Curtis Gray submitted his resignation to city officials Jan. 14, and his resignation took effect immediately.In Andrew’s letter, she did not give a reason for resigning.

Maiya Andrews

However, the news was not publicly announced until Jan. 13, when interim City Manager Rob Wyman sent an e-mail to city staff members.

In an e-mail concerning Andrews’ resignation, Wyman wrote about his experience as her co-worker several years ago.

“I can honestly say I have not met a more tireless worker in all my life,” Wyman wrote in his e-mail. “Maiya has poured every ounce of energy she has into successfully completing many of the city’s most substantial projects.”

He ended the e-mail by wishing her luck in all of her future endeavors.

Andrews could not be reached for comment.

In Gray’s resignation e-mail, he thanked city staff members and the former “majority council” for their efforts to work cooperatively with the Parks Commission.

“Up to this point, my experience as a volunteer has been very positive,” Gray wrote in his e-mail. “With the new City Council leadership and how they would like to run the affairs of the city, I feel that my volunteer activities will be better served in other ways.”

Gray’s resignation was publicly announced in a memo from Parks Program Manager Michael Holly to Wyman and members of the City Council.

“The Parks Commission is grateful to the involvement, passion, experience and time offered by Curtis Gray during his time on the commission,” Holly wrote in his memo. “We value his contribution to the commission and the Newcastle community, and he will be missed.”

The Parks Commission is seeking a replacement for Gray. Call Holly at 649-4444 or e-mail him at

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