STATEMENT FROM CITY MANAGER JULIE OAKLEY:
“I wanted to let the Lakeway community know that I have submitted my resignation as city manager to Lakeway City Council. My last day with the City of Lakeway will be September 2, 2022. I was recently offered a once-in-a-lifetime management opportunity to work for a top national accounting firm, which will not only allow for me to expand on my skills and career on a national level, but will also allow me the flexibility to help care for my mother in West Texas, who has been battling Alzheimer’s disease. While the timing is merely coincidental, I want to be clear that this decision does not have to do with the frivolous, politically motivated lawsuit recently filed. I was already two months into the interview process when we were made aware of the lawsuit.
I am proud of dedicating 12 years of my life to the City of Lakeway, serving as finance director, assistant city manager, and for the past three years as your city manager. In those years, this Lakeway team helped usher in some great new developments, enhanced communications for our residents, and even improved our city credit rating through conservative financial strategies, while keeping the tax rate low for our residents and maintaining the highest quality of service for our community. I am truly proud of this Lakeway team. And while I am very excited for this next step in my professional journey, I also know it will be difficult to move on from this amazing team, having worked with many city staff members for more than a decade.
In closing, I want to thank the community for allowing me to serve as your city manager. It truly is a team effort here in Lakeway, and I have learned a lot on this particular journey. I know there are still great things to come for this beautiful community, and I look forward to checking in and seeing more of Lakeway’s story evolve.”
STATEMENT FROM MAYOR TOM KILGORE:
“I am proud of the work City Manager Julie Oakley has accomplished over the years, and the work we have accomplished together since serving as your mayor. While I am supportive of her making this decision to advance her career on a national level, I am also dismayed by the actions of certain individuals within the City of Lakeway over the past several months who have threatened the safety of Julie and her family. In those months, our city manager and her family have been kept under constant surveillance, with one or more individuals often following her to her Lakeway residence from City Hall late at night, or already waiting for her at her Lakeway home. No city employee, male or female, should be exposed to a harassing environment. No Lakeway resident should condone or accept this kind of behavior in our community. I believe creating this hostile environment, and the recent litigation over her residency are purely politically motived and designed to harass city staff and our elected public officials.
I want to end on a gracious note, acknowledging some of her many accomplishments as city manager. She has been a careful, conservative financial manager. She led the city through COVID, and Winter Storm Uri. During the storm, she was not only city manager, but also filled in as emergency operations manager – as that position was not yet created. We, myself and my fellow councilmembers, thank Julie for making the City of Lakeway a better place for all of our residents. We appreciate her hard work and dedication, and wish her the best on this next step of her professional journey.”