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Sources: Managing Director Camille Barnett Resigning Today

Philadelphia Managing Director Camille Cates Barnett will resign today, according to sources familiar with her decision.

Sources: Managing Director Camille Barnett Resigning Today

City Managing Director Camille Barnett (left) in a file photo with Mayor Michael Nutter. Barnett will announce her resignation today, say sources. (John Costello/Staff Photographer)
City Managing Director Camille Barnett (left) in a file photo with Mayor Michael Nutter. Barnett will announce her resignation today, say sources. (John Costello/Staff Photographer)

Philadelphia Managing Director Camille Cates Barnett will resign today, according to sources familiar with her decision.

Barnett, who is Mayor Nutter's second in command, will remain in her post for several months before departing, the sources said.

A nationally known professional city manager, Barnett had worked in cities from Dallas, to Austin to Washington D.C. before she joined the Nutter administration

Barnett orchestrated the city's new 311 call center, was influential in luring Police Commissioner Chuck Ramsey to Philadelphia and has been a champion of increased investment in technology to make the city more efficient.

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But she also clashed with key members of the Nutter administration, and she seemed to lack the power that some past managing directors have had.

The news was a well kept-secret in City Hall.

Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., whose wife, Jazelle Jones, works for Barnett, said he did not know until Barnett called him this morning.

Jones credited Barnett with "raising the bar" on government accountability and transparency through 311 and PhillyStat meetings.

He called her "a good customer-service person" and said she was at least partly responsible "for putting a smile on people involved in customer service."

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