Beau Falgout, Palm Coast's assistant city manager, has resigned effective immediately Oct. 11.
Falgout — who'd been appointed to the position of assistant city manager by former city manager Jim Landon, and who then served as interim city manager and competed with current City Manager Matt Morton for the position left open by Landon's departure — announced the news in an email to city staff at 4:07 p.m. of Oct. 11, with the subject line, "Farewell my friends."
"Today is my last day working for and representing this amazing organization," Falgout wrote. "I tendered my resignation to Mr. Morton and I am grateful to him for his professionalism and trust he gave me over this past year. I am not leaving Palm Coast with any regrets or hard feelings, I am pursuing other professional opportunities hopefully closer to our extended family. Palm Coast and its employees will always have a special place in my heart."
He added, "I want to especially thank all City employees for your help and friendship over the years. We worked through many challenges, changes, and even a few natural disasters, and you all did it with professionalism and excellence. I know you will all continue to make a positive difference in lives of citizens each and every day."
Falgout had worked for the city government for more than 12 years since his initial hiring as a planner.
Morton sent out another email to city staff members about 15 minutes later.
"I have accepted his resignation and wish Beau the absolute best in all of his future endeavors in what is sure to be a long and successful career," Morton wrote. "The resignation may come as a shock to many of you, but I want to take a moment to underscore that Beau is leaving the City on great terms. He has served Palm Coast faithfully for many years and this transition is going to allow him to focus on finding his next role, whatever that may be. Personally, I’ve known Beau for a shorter time than many of you, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed both working with him and getting to know him in the process. He has been a valuable partner and asset for all of us."
As for the position of assistant city manager, Morton wrote, "Our immediate goal as a City is to reassess what the City needs from this important position and we will not be announcing any more changes to the role at this time."
In a formal resignation letter dated Oct. 11 and addressed to Morton, Falgout had offered "a minimum of 10 working days' notice," but added, "Since my position carries significant authority ... I am assuming that the City will request that a I enter into a separation agreement and vacate City offices immediately upon your acceptance of my resignation."
He continued, "I want to thank you for your support and the trust you have given me over this last year. I will forever be grateful that while we may have competed for the City Manager position, we never let the outcome affect our professional relationship, or our mission to serve the elected officials, employees, or the citizens of Palm Coast. I wish you the best of luck as you lead a wonderful organization serving a truly amazing community."