ONEONTA – In the midst of the turmoil at City Hall, City Clerk Douglas Kendall has submitted his formal resignation, effective Sept. 8.
Kendall, who has a Ph.D. in American and New England studies and a background in the museum field prior to becoming city clerk post two years ago, has accepted the position of coordinator – the equivalent of director – at Hartwick College’s Yager Museum.
In his remaining time at City Hall, “I’m hoping to help the transition in the office,” he said.
Kendall, who succeeded Jim Koury in the position, has served during a tumultuous period at City Hall.
Soon after he became city clerk, the Oneonta’s first city manager, Mike Long, was forced to resign in May 2014. That October, Mayor Dick Miller died suddenly. And just last month, the second city manager, Martin Murphy, was also forced out of the corner office at Main and South Main.
Previously, Kendall was tcollections management consultant at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and before that was curator of collections at NYSHA and The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown from 1999 to 2011.