Claremore City Council is expected to vote on a settlement agreement for City Manger Jim Thomas whose resignation was announced in the city council agenda posted today.

The agenda calls for a discussion and vote to approve a settlement agreement with the city manager and accept his resignation.

The council is also expected to name an interim city manager.

The announcement came just weeks after Thomas' contract renewal.

When contacted for a comment, city officials said: "Because this is a confidential personnel matter, the city cannot comment at this time."

In advance of the council meeting, Thomas issued the following statement: "I have enjoyed serving the City of Claremore over the past 8 years; however, the time is right for me to move on. Guiding Claremore’s strong economic, financial and infrastructure growth will always be a great honor for me.

Mayor Flanagan and the City Council have supported the strategic plan “Claremore Dreams 2025” and many positive community programs throughout my tenure.  I appreciate my relationship with the business community and their support of Claremore’s vision.  Together with pastors, ministers, citizens, along with great men and women working for the City organization we have made Claremore a shining city on the hill and in the valley.  Kathy and I look forward to taking a break, traveling across the country to spend time with our aging parents and our children and grandchildren.  

Finally, I am grateful for the memories we have shared together.  Thank you to the City department directors for giving me support throughout my tenure.  We have enjoyed much success.  I leave you with my blessings of prosperity and good health upon this city and to those who follow in our footsteps."

Claremore City Council will meet Monday at 6 p.m.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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