McNabb resigns as head of Prairie Village Public Works

Prairie Village Public Works Director Bruce McNabb has resigned after just over two years on the job.

Prairie Village Public Works Director Bruce McNabb has resigned and will have his last day with the city Tuesday, Jan. 22, says City Administrator Quinn Bennion.

During McNabb’s relatively short tenure in the position, the Public Works department was the subject of two significant controversies: the installation of a chain link fence along Brush Creek in January 2012 and the discovery in September 2012 that Public Works crews had been throwing the contents of Franklin Park recycling bins into trash dumpsters.

After neighbors complained that they had never been given the chance to offer input on the material for the creek fence, the Prairie Village City Council approved plans for a replacement fence made of wooden rails that cost an additional $20,000 to install.

The city’s Environmental and Recycling Committee asked Public Works to require all staff to go through a training program after news of the recycling disposal issue came to light.

McNabb was confirmed as the city’s Public Works Director in November 2010 after a months-long search to fill the role vacated Bob Pryzby when he retired in early 2010 after 15 years in the position.

Prior to his time in Prairie Village, McNabb served as the Public Works Director of Polk County, Fla., for four years.

Bennion said the city would appoint an interim director next Tuesday. City staff will be seeking input from the City Council regarding the best way to proceed with the search for a new Public Works Director.

UPDATED: McNabb sent in the following statement regarding his decision to resign:

I can confirm that I am resigning. The primary reason is some significant disagreements with the City Administrator and City Council about the resources necessary to manage the Public Works Department and the Department’s priorities.