Chuck Ralls resigns as city manager

by Todd Brooks

Comanche city manager Chuck Ralls tendered his resignation at tonight's Comanche City Council meeting effective May 9. He has accepted the same position at Collinsville.

The news came as a shock to most council members and staff. Ralls was hired as the city manager in March 2016, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Ralls released the following statement after an executive session where he informed the council:

"Dear Mayor and City Council:

It is with heavy heart that I tender my resignation from my position as City Manager of Comanche. Serving this community has been an honor and a privilege, and it is not without considerable contemplation that I make this decision.

"I want to express my deepest appreciation for the opportunity to serve the City of Comanche. Together, we have embarked on a journey to breathe new life into this community, and I am immensely proud of the accomplishments we have achieved during my tenure. Working alongside the dedicated individuals of the council, staff, and community members, we have made significant strides towards realizing our shared vision for a thriving Comanche.

"Leaving behind the city that will always be my home and the people who have become my family is undoubtedly one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made. I will deeply miss the daily interactions and the sense of purpose that comes with serving the residents of Comanche.

"Despite the bittersweetness of this moment, I take solace in the knowledge that I am leaving the city in a better state than when I arrived. Comanche is poised for incredible success under the capable leadership of the next city manager, and I have full confidence in the staff's ability to continue the momentum we have built together.

"One of the greatest joys of my time here has been the relationships I have forged with the council, staff, and community members, particularly my dear friend Mayor Smokey Dobbins. These connections have been the cornerstone of our collective efforts, and it is with heavy heart that I bid farewell knowing that there are still visions we had together that I will not see fulfilled.

However, I am comforted by the knowledge that we have an exceptional staff in place who are fully equipped to carry on the work we have begun. Their dedication and passion for Comanche are unwavering, and I have no doubt that they will continue to propel the city forward towards even greater heights.

"In closing, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to each and every individual who has been a part of this journey. Serving as the City Manager of Comanche will always remain one of the highlights of my career, and I leave with cherished memories that will stay with me forever.

"Thank you once again for the privilege of serving this wonderful community."


Chuck Ralls