Philadelphia Managing Director Brian Abernathy To Resign In September, City Confirms

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Managing director made it official today he is leaving city government as of September 4th. Whatever you, city Hall Bureau chief Pat Lowe reports. There's no word yet on who might replace him. Mayor Jim Kenney rejected speculation that managing director Brian Abernathy was being forced out over the city's response to civil unrest can, he said it was a mutual decision that he and Abernathy had been discussing for weeks. I think he's done extending job, but I think the mutual decision that he and I have made is that For his well being. I mean, it's a hard job and you're on call 24 hours, seven days a week. It takes a toll. None of this decision had to do with anything that's happened in the last month. Abernathy says he's proud of the job he's done. But he believes it's time for other, more diverse voices in leadership. Frankly, I hope the next managing director's not in America and maybe even an African American woman because I think it is important for this city to turn the corner. Abernathy's second in command to Mar Alexander has been mentioned as a possible successor. The mayor says there will be a star. Search for Abernathy's replacement, but he didn't say if it would be a national search and said he didn't know if someone would be chosen by September

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