Bedford Town Manager resigns

BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) Bedford Town Manager Charles Kolakowski announced his resignation at Tuesday night's meeting.

His last day on the job is Wednesday.

Before the Bedford Town Council meeting was adjourned Tuesday night, members held a closed session to discuss a "personnel matter."

Once everyone was allowed back into the chamber hall, Kolakowski announced "I am hereby announcing my resignation as town manager of Bedford"

Kolakowski spent 11 years as town manager. He said the time had come for he and the town to go separate ways.

"(The ) town can advance in a different fashion and I can advance in my fashion."

The city had a prepared statement which outlined Kolakowki's accomplishments during his tenure, such as his role in the 2008 reversion in which Bedford went from a city to a town.

Taking over the role as town manager will be Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner, who says Kolakowski was a great mentor.

"I've been blessed with good bosses throughout my career in local government, Charlie stands out as certainly one of the brightest and smartest," Warner said.

The specifics on the timing of Kolakowski's decision weren't discussed, but he did have this heartfelt message for the people of Bedford.

"I can't say enough about the people here who are genially friendly, I mean from day one, so it's been a real experience," said Kolakowski.