In a letter to Park City Municipal staff Tuesday morning, Park City Manager Diane Foster announced her removal from her role as city manager. Foster says Mayor Andy Beerman and the Park City Council made the decision. She asked staff to give their support to Assistant City Manager Matt Dias, who will step into the role as interim city manager, effective immediately.
The Park City Council appointed Foster city manager in March 2013, under Mayor Dana Williams. Foster served as interim city manager from Sept. 2012 until then, after the departure of then manager Tom Bakaly. Foster originally joined Park City Municipal in 2008 as the environmental sustainability manager, transitioning to deputy city manager in 2012.
Foster says in the letter there was no specific reason the mayor and council moved forward with the decision and that they “treated her with respect throughout this process.”
Around 10 a.m. Tuesday, Park City Municipal confirmed Foster's separation from the organization in a press release. The statement pointed to Foster’s introduction of critical priorities as a tool to focus council goals as well as her role in the city’s acquisition of open space, including Treasure Hill. The statement says Foster’s termination of employment was amicable, and Beerman and the council thanked Foster for her service.
The press release states Foster and Park City’s elected officials won’t comment further on her departure.
KPCW has obtained Foster's email to staff, posted below, along with Park City Municipal Corporation's press release: