West Palm Beach’s human resources director has resigned at the end of her six-month probationary period, the city said Tuesday.
Marta Vittini wrote the city Tuesday afternoon to say she’d leave Sept. 9 and “will be available if needed to finalize any outstanding projects.”
She did not return a call to her office Tuesday afternoon.
Compensation and Employment Manager Sylvia Gregory will serve as interim director during the search for a new director.
Gregory served as interim director from August 2012, when longtime HR director Pat Cooney retired, to March 11, when Vittini started.
The city described Vittini as a “heavy-hitter” when it announced her hiring in March. She previously had been director of human resources at TBC Corporation in Juno Beach, and before that held the same post at Office Depot’s global headquarters in Boca Raton. She also held the position at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
The 49-year-old, longtime Florida resident is a graduate of the University of South Florida.
Vittini was paid an annual salary of $130,000.
Cooney, who was paid $151,422, retired after eight years at the post. Earlier that year, Cooney had disputed claims of several ex-employees who said they were unfairly fired.
Vittini’s departure is the second of a top city official in as many days.
On Monday, Kim Briesemeister, community redevelopment director since 2004, resigned, effective Tuesday but is seeking to return as a private contractor.
The city, on a recommendation from Briesemeister, issued a request for outside companies to handle redevelopment agency projects. Briesemeister was part-time CRA director while she simultaneously ran the private, Broward County-based Redevelopment Management Associates.
She said RMA planned to bid for the contract and that she was leaving to prevent any appearance of a conflict of interests.