BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - One of the central figures involved in a $97,000 firefighting bill being incorrectly sent to a property owner has resigned.
The City of Jerome says City Administrator Polly Hulsey has resigned, effective immediately, for personal reasons.
"Polly has been an outstanding asset to the city and will be greatly missed," says Mayor John Shine in a press release. "I was surprised by her resignation but understand that she needs to move ahead to the next phase of her career".
Former Jerome Fire Chief Jack Krill said Hulsey told him he would be "taking the heat" for a nearly $97,000 bill for firefighting costs sent to the owner of a building that was destroyed by a fire in April.
The Times-News obtained emails from Krill to Mayor John Shine in which Krill said Hulsey told him she was worried criticism over the bill would cost her her job.
Krill told the mayor in June that he tried to explain to Hulsey they couldn't bill the building owner for firefighting efforts, but she insisted he put together an invoice for the owner to submit to insurance.
Hulsey told the newspaper it was Krill who came up with the decision to bill the owner.
Krill resigned Sept. 4.
The City says they intend to conduct a nationwide search for a replacement city administrator as soon as possible.
Hulsey sent a response to the media. It reads:
"I have been dedicated to serving the community of Jerome in a proactive and positive manner during my tenure. So, it is with tremendous sadness that I tender my resignation as City Administrator of the City of Jerome effective September 17, 2013.
This has been a very difficult and personal decision for me. Due to a recent inaccurate article that questioned my credibility and integrity, it is very important to me that I am able to protect my name. The City of Jerome has recently experienced several challenges; however I can assure you the staff is dedicated to serving the citizens of Jerome.
The City of Jerome has some very talented and dedicated staff members, as well as elected officials serving the community. I have not been asked to resign and have had a good relationship with the City staff, which makes my decision even more difficult. My hope is the community will continue to support these incredibly hard working individuals, as they continue to serve their community.
I consider everyday a gift from God and have worked very hard to make a positive difference for the City of Jerome. I value all of the support I have received and appreciate everyone’s affirmation of who I am and what I represent. I wish nothing but the best for the future of Jerome.