The Board of Supervisors of Kennett Township has announced that Township Manager Eden R. Ratliff has resigned effective February 1, 2024.
“It is with mixed emotions that I announce my departure from Kennett Township to pursue another career opportunity,” said Ratliff. “Nearly four and a half years ago the Township entrusted me with the responsibility of stabilizing the Kennett Township government and professionalizing the services we provide to this great community. I am forever grateful for the trust the Board of Supervisors had in me, the opportunity to serve the public, and am proud of all that we have accomplished.”
“It seems like a lifetime ago that Eden came on board to help this Township, and his impact will be visible for many years to come,” said Supervisor Richard Leff. “He was a tireless advocate for Kennett Township and a person willing to make necessary changes, regardless of past practices in our community.” Supervisor Gamble added, “Eden’s leadership, strategic visioning, determination, and trustworthiness will be greatly missed. His tenure in Kennett Township was never easy but his passion and commitment for public service never wavered,” Newly elected Supervisor Pat Muller said, “Eden did this Township and immediate region an incredible service. I am amazed at how he held his composure through everything some members of this community threw at him.”
While Ratliff lauded the Board of Supervisors and community members, he noted that it is his team he will miss the most. “Working in Kennett Township was an intense rebuild project and there are many great professionals who enthusiastically joined this team to help. They are dedicated public servants who make this government run smoothly and professionally daily. Collaborating with them has been a great honor and I will cherish the memories and progress we made together.” Ratliff also praised his time volunteering as a firefighter with Longwood Fire Company noting the members are “incredible professionals with unimaginable dedication.”
Ratliff is transitioning to the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, a full-service City with 51,000 community members, where he will serve as the Deputy City Manager for Administration. “Charlotteville is on a mission to sustain stability within its local government and as I join that effort, I know the experiences I have gained in Kennett Township will serve me well,” said Ratliff. “Our loss is Charlottesville’s gain” said the Board of Supervisors.
The Board of Supervisors has retained Roseann McGrath, an experienced local government Human Resources and Executive search professional, to help fill the role of Township Manager. Finance/Human Resources Director, Amy Heinrich, will serve as Interim Manager upon Ratliff’s departure.