Wendt turned in his resignation to Mayor Rob Duncan effective Aug. 24. Wendt, who was appointed in May 2016, has accepted an offer to serve as the assistant city manager for Fairfield, which is near Cincinnati.
“The decision to leave the city of Norwalk has not been an easy one, but after careful consideration, I have realized that it is the right opportunity for my family,” Wendt said in his resignation letter, which was dated Thursday.
Wendt went on thank Duncan for “the opportunity to serve, the mentorship and the unconditional support during these 27 months.” He also said he appreciated “the valuable lessons that I learned under your tutelage.”
“There is still a great deal that I wish to accomplish in the coming weeks. I plan to have an outline of current and future projects prepared,” added Wendt, who offered his assistance in the transition period.
“It has been an honor to serve Norwalk’s residents, visitors and businesses on your team. Of our team’s many accomplishments, I am most proud of playing a small role in: Building the new fire station; implementing 24-hour access at the Ernsthausen Community Center; developing the city’s capital improvement plan; abating junk vehicles from our streets; engaging residents through open forums; improving transparency through (the) Ohio Open Checkbook; and helping to make tough decisions on both the expense and revenue side to ensure a strong operating position for the city.”
Duncan, in a prepared statement, praised Wendt and his work ethic.
“Dan loves local government and tackling public problems. His work ethic, academic credentialing, energy, international experience and creativity have helped him become one of the most effective safety service directors this city has ever known. He has helped our team make this city a better place and we will miss him. We understand his decision and wish him the best,” Duncan said.
Wendt will start his new job in Fairfield in early September.