Dennis Averkin plans to leave Hardeeville after less than a month as the city's interim manager, a move he said was motivated by government dysfunction.
Averkin, the city's finance director, submitted his resignation Friday. He had replaced Ted Felder, who resigned as city manager after City Council met in closed session Jan. 28.
Averkin said Monday his intent was to resign immediately. After council members asked him to stay, however, he agreed to remain in the position "as long as I can."
He said he resigned because of relationships among council members and between him and council members.
"I can't work in an environment that I feel has a dysfunction to it," Averkin said.
He declined to elaborate but said his resignation was "totally unrelated" to Felder's.
Averkin added that the city's financial health and growth prospects have "never been better."
He said he is pursuing other jobs and is negotiating with "a neighboring municipality." He expects those talks to be completed soon.
"If I find a better opportunity, I will move on," he said.
Council members who are trying to keep Averkin want him to stay in part because he has more experience with the city than recently hired assistant city manager Jim Daniel, Councilman Sal Arzillo said.
"He's been there 2 1/2 years," Arzillo said. "The assistant's been there 2 1/2 weeks."
Mayor Pro Tem Mike Foskey said he wants the city to keep Averkin.
"I hope we don't lose another city manager," Foskey said.
Foskey left January's meeting before council voted to accept Felder's resignation. He later said it was obvious a decision about Felder's job had been made before the meeting.
If Averkin leaves, Foskey said, council probably would have to meet to decide who would lead the city.
Attempts Monday to reach Mayor Bronco Bostick and council members Roy Powell and Sherry Carroll were unsuccessful.
Felder, who was the city's economic development director, was named interim city manager in November 2009 after Kevin Griffin resigned. Felder then was named city manager in April.
Griffin succeeded Shane Haynes, who had run the city for more than five years before resigning in 2008.