The City of College Park ended its employment relationship with recently hired city manager Natasha S. Hampton one day after she was set to start, according to a news release.

The city is reopening the search process for a new city manager and expects to fill the position by the end of the summer, according to the release.

Hampton was taking over for Scott Somers, who stepped down as city manager in December 2020. Bill Gardiner, who previously served as assistant city manager, has been the interim city manager and will continue in that role until the position is filled. 

[College Park City Council names Natasha Hampton next city manager]

Hampton previously served in local government positions in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Miramar, Florida. She came to College Park with 23 years of experience in municipal government management and would have been the first woman and person of color to fill the city manager position, according to a May 4 press release announcing her selection. 

When reached for comment by The Diamondback, Ryna Quinones, the city’s communication coordinator, deferred to the city’s statement.