The City of Bozeman announced today that City Manager Andrea Surratt has resigned and accepted another city manager position in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Surratt's last day, according to a press release from the City of Bozeman, will be determined by the Commission as appropriate within her contract. The City Commission will also make a determination about the process for filling the position.

“It is with a heavy heart that I submit my resignation. Sandy Springs is an opportunity for advancement in a larger community in a major metropolitan area. Its location brings me closer to my family which is important as I look toward my future,” said Surratt on her departure from the position.

Surratt started with the City in November 2017, replacing then interim City Manager Dennis Taylor. Prior to her role in Bozeman, Surratt had a long career in municipal government in the North Carolina region in both management as well as planning and development.

Sandy Springs, Georgia is a suburb of Atlanta with a population of 107,000.

So, the question is: did our city manager leave for a better opportunity or did the top employee in our local city government decide they didn't make enough money to live in the town that they manage? Either way, we wish her well.