John W.D. Bowling, Danville's interim city manager since May, resigned Tuesday after allegedly receiving a death threat from a city employee, Danville police Chief Jay Newell said.
Bowling, a former Danville mayor and former state legislator, announced his resignation in a letter read Tuesday during a special meeting of the Danville City Commission, Mayor Bernie Hunstad said.
Bowling could not be immediately reached for comment.
Newell said he asked Kentucky State Police to investigate the matter. Trooper Jon Allen, acting public affairs officer for the state police post in Richmond, confirmed that the agency received a request Tuesday from Danville police to investigate.
The city commission hired Bowling in May as interim city manager after firing Paul Stansbury earlier that month. Stansbury had been city manager since 2007.
But Bowling had come under criticism from various people in the short time he was in the job. Hunstad defended Bowling, saying the former mayor had performed well.
"The overwhelming number of comments I got were very positive" about Bowling's performance, Hunstad said.
Bowling resigned at the request of his family, Hunstad said.
In the meantime, Hunstad said the commission would go through a list of possible candidates to replace Bowling.
A city manager is the executive in charge of the day-to-day operations of a city.