KC city communications director resigns over college credits

11/13/2013 12:11 PM

11/14/2013 12:16 AM

Danny Rotert, who has served as communications director for Kansas City municipal government since April, has resigned.

City Manager Troy Schulte said Wednesday that Rotert recently learned that he did not have the necessary credits for a college degree that his job requires.

“Unfortunately, Danny Rotert has recently learned that his final semester of a combined bachelor’s/master’s program was not credited toward his degree and thus he is short eight hours of obtaining a higher education degree,” Schulte said in a statement.

“After 15 years, this was a shock to Danny and to the City. However, the position of city communications director requires a higher education degree — without exception.”

Mayor Sly James issued a statement praising Rotert and wishing him the best. Prior to becoming city communications director, Rotert was press spokesman for the mayor’s office.

“Danny’s communication work for my office was outstanding, and I know he is devastated to learn that he doesn’t meet the technical requirements of the city communications director,” the mayor said in a statement. “I have full faith that Danny will pull himself up and move forward.”

Rotert declined to comment.

Schulte said he is asking Assistant City Manager Pat Klein to serve as interim city communications director.


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