The Branson Board of Aldermen voted Friday to accept City Administrator Dean Kruithof’s resignation.
In his letter of resignation, Kruithof explained his wife has accepted a new position that will require her relocation to northwest Arkansas.
“In 34 years of marriage, Cynthia has provided unwavering support, and, at times, sacrifices for my career goals,” Kruithof’s letter reads. “At this stage of our life it is time for me to provide that same commitment to her. For this reason only, I am submitting my letter of resignation.”
Mayor Raeanne Presley said Kruithof’s resignation came as a surprise.
“It was not expected,” she said, explaining Kruithof shared with the board his intention to step down Tuesday.
She hopes Kruithof’s replacement brings many of the same qualities to the city as Kruithof did.
“I think Dean brought a good sense of community with him,” she said. “He was easy to talk to. Dean built relationships and was focused on the bigger picture.”
The Board of Aldermen will begin the process of hiring a city administrator soon.
“As the Kruithofs make plans for their move to a new home, Dean’s actual last day of service will be flexible,” Presley said. “The board has already asked Dean to stay during a 10-week notification period as required in his employment contract and will make plans for him to stay beyond this period to allow for a smooth transition as the city approaches the busy summer season,” Presley reported.
Presley is optimistic the position will draw a lot of interest during the nationwide search. She said during the city’s last search for a city administrator, the position drew dozens of qualified candidates.