Petersburg’s chief operating officer is resigning at the end of next month after a little more than a year on the job.
After his resignation was announced Tuesday, Michael Rogers said he told City Manager Aretha Ferrell-Benavides when he was hired for the job that he didn’t plan to stay long.
Rogers came to Petersburg in April 2018 following a financial crisis in 2016 and 2017 that left the city in danger of being unable to pay its bills.
He said Tuesday that the city made strides during his tenure, improving its financial management and fixing problems with its billing and tax collections.
“I am satisfied we have those moving in the right direction,” Rogers said.
Rogers, the former deputy mayor for operations and city administrator in Washington, D.C., led efforts in Petersburg to improve the billing and collections, increase financial transparency and refinance bonds to save taxpayer dollars, city officials said in a news release.
Rogers said he came to Petersburg to help Ferrell-Benavides, whom he called a friend and protege. Ferrell-Benavides thanked Rogers for his efforts in transforming the city’s financial management.
“We have been fortunate to have a longtime public servant, Michael Rogers, as part of the city’s team,” Ferrell-Benavides said. “Through his leadership, we have strengthened our understanding of the necessary steps to continue toward fiscal stabilization.”
Mayor Sam Parham said he did not expect the city to hire anyone to replace the outgoing chief operating officer.
Rogers said he is “looking at other possibilities,” but would not say whether he has lined up another job.
“I like helping turnaround cities,” he said. “I’ll be looking at options, opportunities to do that.”