Burlington Administrator Resigns

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The top administrator of Vermont’s largest city is stepping down at the end of June.

In a letter, Burlington Chief Administrative Officer Jonathan Leopold says that over the last several years the city’s successes have been overshadowed by difficulties with the city-owned Burlington Telecom, which is $33.5 million in debt.

Leopold says he regrets the troubles the city has had with the telecommunications utility.

And he says he and others could have been more up front about those problems when they first learned of them in 2008. He says the issue has resulted in "an unfortunate division" within the city.

In accepting Leopold’s decision with regret, Mayor Bob Kiss says Leopold built a strong management team, which will ensure a successful transition.

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