Jamie Ludovic, the town’s budget analyst and special projects manager, resigned last week and will move back to her hometown in Wisconsin, where she has accepted another job.
Town Manager Hardin Watkins said Ludovic notified the town by putting in her three weeks notice.
“She did a great job for us and so we’re very sorry to see her leave,” Watkins said. “We wish her well and we’re going to hopefully stay in touch professionally. I am very certain she will have success in this profession of local government management.”
Ludovic said she’s moving back to Wisconsin because her husband recently accepted a job there and they want to be closer to family.
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“Garner was absolutely wonderful to me,” she said. “I got a chance to work on some projects the town is using now and everybody was just extremely welcoming to me. I’m going to miss the town of Garner.”
She said she will work in Washington County in their county manager’s office. Ludovic said her goal is to become a town or city manager some day.
Ludovic was hired by the town in October 2013. Her salary was $62,940.80.
Some of her accomplishments include creating the town’s first formal risk assessment, starting an internal audit and the fiscal health tool.
“She tackled some projects that had been on our list for a few years and it will help us going forward,” Watkins said.
But one of Ludovic’s primary responsibilities was creating budgets.
Her resignation comes in the midst of budget season, which the town will vote on in June. Watkins said Assistant Town Manager of Operations Rodney Dickerson and Finance Director Emily Lucas will assume that role.
“Before we hired that position, three years ago, Rodney and the finance director were the budget team and I’d help, jump in and out,” he said. “So three years ago this is the way we did it and Rodney reminded me. So we’re good. We have people who have done it.”
Watkins said he does plan to fill the vacant position as soon as possible.