Less than a day after he watched Metro Council members come to his defense, embattled Parks Director Roy Wilson told staff members in an e-mail that he had accepted another job out of state and would be resigning.
“Thank you for your presence [Monday] night during the Council hearing. It meant so much to have your support and to look out and see your faces during what could have been a very difficult time for me,” he wrote in a Tuesday e-mail. “I can't thank you enough! I feel vindicated and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Then Wilson, who had appeared Monday night before the Council’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting to explain how unexpected expenditures, combined with budget directives, had caused his department to overshoot its budget by $704,000, gave staffers “the bad news.”
“Now for the bad news! I have been blessed through all of this drama to be offered two jobs in other states and I accepted a new job,” he wrote. “I am planning to resign this week with Dec. 31 as my official last day.”
While it was widely reported that Wilson's judgement had been called into question during the budget lapse, most Council members seemed to support the 61-year-old director, and his job seemed secure.
However, Wilson's last comments in his e-mail implies he may not have seen things in that light.
“Please forgive me for any disappointment I've caused you by leaving after your generous support and I hope you understand why I have made this decision,” Wilson wrote. “At 98, my mother is still one of the wisest people I know and one of her great lessons to me has been 'Wwhen you see the handwriting on the wall you should stop and read it'."