The City of Greenwood parted with its top administrator earlier this month, Mayor and council confirmed in a statement Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 17.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Wendy Higashi, hired to manage city operations in January 2017, left her post on Feb. 2, following an in-camera vote by Mayor and council, according to Mayor Barry Noll.
“All matters pertaining to the past CAO are being held in-camera at this time,” Noll said.
Higashi’s duties have meanwhile been handled by city hall’s deputy clerk and corporate officer, Darlene Teron, Noll explained.
“Greenwood is moving in a new direction,” Noll said, adding that the city is now looking to hire a permanent CAO.
Higashi will be paid 13 months’ salary left on her contract, plus 30 remaining sick days, Noll explained.
Higashi started her career at the city as a deputy clerk in November 2013. She was made acting CAO in 2015, accepting a full-time contract for the position two years later under former Mayor Ed Smith.
Higashi did not respond to the Times’ request for comment.