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Another Rockville manager bites the dust

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Published on: Monday, November 19, 2012

By Christa Puccio

ROCKVILLE – While a report from Saul Ewing on its investigation into claims of racism, mistreatment and discrimination within the City of Rockville was extended again, the Organizational Development Manager for the City of Rockville resigned on Nov. 5 and said she accepted “a promotion in the federal government.”

“I gave my notice to Rockville because I've accepted a promotion in the federal government,” said Michelle Poché Flaherty, the organizational development manager for the city.  “I've enjoyed the opportunity to make a positive contribution to Rockville, and I'm looking forward to this next opportunity to continue performing work that is interesting, challenging and satisfying.”

Flaherty resigned her position on Nov. 5 and her last day with the City will be Dec. 5, according to Marylou Berg, communications manager for the city.  According to Flaherty’s biography on the City of Rockville’s website, Flaherty worked for the City of Rockville since 2006 as an internal consultant responsible for change management, leadership development and performance improvement.

City Manager Barbara B. Matthews stated, “I thank Michelle for her six years of dedicated service to the City of Rockville and wish that I could have had the opportunity to work with her for a longer period of time. In addition to her organizational development work that benefited the internal operations of our organization, Michelle played an instrumental, behind the scenes role in making Rockville Summit 2012 a success. I wish Michelle the best in her new job.”

Flaherty wrote an email to her friends and colleagues after she resigned.  “I am writing to let you know that I have accepted a position with the federal government and will be leaving the City of Rockville in a few weeks. While I am excited about my new job, it will be hard to bid farewell to the wonderful people I've had the pleasure of working with here.”

Flaherty continued, “I've enjoyed getting to know many of you so well through the work we've done together in training programs, coaching, interdepartmental committees and special projects in your departments. I am proud of the contributions I've made to the City of Rockville and grateful to all of you who've partnered with me to make them possible.  Thanks for your collegiality and thanks for your service to Rockville.”

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