Deputy city manager to step down from role at year’s end

GARDEN CITY – City of Garden City Deputy City Manager Jennifer Cunningham has announced her resignation effective at the end of 2021. She will be joining Doering, Grisell & Cunningham, P.A., where she will assume the responsibilities of City Attorney with the retirement of Randy Grisell at the end of the year.

According to an announcement on the city’s website, Cunningham started her career with the City in 2012 as the City Prosecutor. Her diverse skill set quickly became evident, and a year later, she was promoted to overseeing all Municipal Court functions and personnel. In October 2015, Cunningham was named Assistant City Manager for the City of Garden City.

During six years in that position, she oversaw Municipal Court, Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, Garden City Regional Airport, Lee Richardson Zoo, IT & Communications, The Big Pool, and most recently, the Garden City Police Department and Garden City Fire Department.

“I want to thank the City of Garden City and all of its employees for the love and support they have shown me throughout my time here. I had the opportunity to work with many departments, and I’m grateful for every experience I had. I want to thank the community for all of their added value to my life and career. Although my role is changing, I will still be a part of the City of Garden City, working for Doering, Grisell & Cunningham, and I look forward to continuing to work hard to move our community forward,” said Cunningham.

 City Manager Matt Allen gave high praise to Cunningham.

“Jennifer contributed to our organization in a number of different ways and from a variety of different roles. Her talent, energy and enthusiasm for city government and this community allowed the City to accomplish a considerable volume of projects and administrative improvements during her tenure” he said. “While she will certainly be missed in the Deputy City Manager role, her transition to Doering, Grisell & Cunningham will keep her connected to working for the community. She is one of the most talented public servants I’ve worked with, and everything that made her effective in her work for the City will transfer well into her new job.”