Evart city manager resigns

Dvoracek to leave Aug. 30

Evart city manager Sarah Dvoracek has resigned her position effective Aug.30. Richard Lewis of Traverse City will serve as interim city manager. (Herald Review file photo)

Evart city manager Sarah Dvoracek has resigned her position effective Aug.30. Richard Lewis of Traverse City will serve as interim city manager. (Herald Review file photo)

EVART — Evart city manager Sarah Dvoracek has resigned from her position effective Aug. 30.

In her letter of resignation to the city council, Dvroacek said she has accepted a position with the city of Charlevoix.

Dvoracek told the Herald Review she made the decision to leave her service with the city of Evart for family reasons.

“We have two small children and I want to be able to give them more of my time,” Dvoracek said. “They are only little for such a short time.”

Dvoracek added that she will miss the people and the staff, because Evart is a “great community with many wonderful, hardworking and passionate people.”

Although there are many things she feels she can be proud of during her career with the city, she said, there are a few things that stand out to her.

“I have enjoyed being a part of all the infrastructure projects we have completed during my time here in Evart,” Dvoracek said. “The Neighborhood Enhancement Grant we received I know changed our residents’ lives by providing new roofs and windows. I am very thankful to have completed the city ordinance project, I could go on and on. Our city has accomplished many great things and I am thankful I was a part of it.

“I feel like I have left the city in a better position overall, and that is all one can ask for,” she added.

Dvoracek began her career with the city of Evart in 2012 as the city treasurer. In 2016, she became the city treasurer/assessor, and in 2018 became the assistant city manager/treasurer/assessor.

She was selected to serve as the interim city manager in January 2019, following the retirement of then city manager Sack Szakacs, and was made the permanent city manager that March.

Evart Mayor Chris Emerick said that although she was a bit surprised by Dvoracek’s announcement, she completely supports her decision.

“I know this is the right move for her at this time,” Emerick said. “I know she will just as valuable in her next position as she has been here in Evart. I wish her all the best.

“It will be hard to find someone that can do all that she has done for Evart,” she added.

The city council approved a three-month contract for an interim city manager with Richard Lewis of Traverse City during its meeting earlier this month, to begin Sept. 1.

The three-month interim city manager contract will allow the city time to search out and find a permanent replacement for Dvoracek.

Walsh Municipal Services, LLC has been hired to do the city manager search and began on Aug. 13, city clerk Kathy Fiebig told the Pioneer.

“We hope to have a new manager in place by November,” Fiebig said. “That may not be realistic.”