Housing chief resigns: Jarvey cites hostility from village toward commission

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette Ontonagon Housing Commission Director Sally Jarvey submitted her letter of resignation Tuesday, citing a hostile working environment but thanking staff and residents for their support.

ONTONAGON — Housing Director Sally Jarvey announced her resignation at Monday’s meeting after more than 35 years of employment.

She will leave her position effective June 30, retiring earlier than she expected.

Jarvey cited a difficult and hostile work environment as the reason behind her decision in her letter of resignation, which she read aloud.

“I can no longer work in an environment that has become so hostile and non-productive,” she said. “… Please remember this is about the residents and their quality of life, not personal agendas.”

Teary-eyed, Jarvey thanked her staff for their work and the residents for “making this job so special.”

Commissioner Dorothy Phillips and Chairman Rich Ernest both thanked Jarvey for her work.

“I would like to thank Ms. Jarvey for all those years of service,” Ernest said. “I regret the tension and all that has come here. A lot of changes need to be made, and hopefully, this board is up to that task to do so.”

“This has been my life, so it’s going to be a big transition for me,” Jarvey said.

Jarvey recommended current secretary Sue Lockhart take over the director’s position in her place, citing her 23 years of experience, smooth transition and Lockhart’s security clearance.

She also pointed to Lockhart’s extra efforts securing grants for the commission, including security cameras, refrigerators, LED light bulb aerators and recently $60,000 in insulation.

The commission agreed to wait until the special meeting on June 19 to make a decision on the next steps for staff and Jarvey’s recommendation.

“I think we need a little bit of time to think about it and talk about it,” said Phillips.