Michael Kelly, the CEO and superintendent of the Chicago Park District has resigned.
Kelly resigned via email to Park District board president Avis LaVelle, according to a news release issued by the board of commissioners Saturday.
Please accept this correspondence as my official letter of resignation, effective
immediately, from my position as General Superintendent and CEO. It has been an
honor to steward this extraordinary organization for the past ten years. It has also been
an honor to serve Chicagoans as a public servant for the past 27 years. I have always
had the best interests of our patrons and our employees at heart.
The Park District board will consult with Mayor Lori Lightfoot to appoint an interim CEO.
The news comes just hours after the mayor called for Kelly’s firing amid what some saw as his slow response to a sexual harassment scandal involving an underage lifeguard, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.