South Portland City Manager Jim Gailey resigned Wednesday.

Gailey said he will leave the job in late July to become assistant county manager for Cumberland County.

“A few months shy of 30 years ago, I started working for the city of South Portland as a high school kid refereeing recreation soccer games,” Gailey said in a June 8 resignation letter to Mayor Tom Blake. “A lot has changed since the fall of 1986, and the experiences and opportunities that I have had working in six departments along the way are amazing.

In his letter, Gailey thanked the City Council “for the opportunity to serve this great city. I worked with a number of excellent city councilors over the years and I am truly grateful.”

Two years ago, the Maine Town and City Manager’s Association named Gailey as its manager of the year. He grew up in South Portland, attended local schools, and still lives in the city with his wife, Stephanie, and two sons.

Jim Gailey

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