Published: Jan 15, 2014 7:30 AM EST
Updated: Jan 15, 2014 6:10 PM EST

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- The town manager of Fort Myers Beach has resigned. Terry Stewart put in his letter of resignation last week, and today, the council accepted.

"The key is for a professional to leave a place better than you found it, and I believe I have done just that," said Terry Stewart.

After serving Fort Myers Beach for the last four years, Terry Stewart resigned as the town's town manager.

I've really enjoyed my time here, we got a lot of good things accomplished, the town was in great a great financial position when I got here,  and it's in a better position now," Stewart said.

With heavy hearts, town council honored Stewart's decision to step down.

"People keep asking why I did think, more than anything it had to do with my staff," said Stewart.

The ongoing elevated pools issue was a major breaking point.

"There were folks that were trying to pass an untruth out there that town staff was continuing to try and ram it down people's throats and that was not the case," Stewart continued.

Stewart also said when he was working in Cape Coral, the town staff and manager were made an issue, as they fought to do what was right. He started to see that same trend and wanted to leave for the sake of his staff.

"They viewed them as an extension of me, I don't want that to happen here," said Stewart.

Vice Mayor Joe Kosinski says it's a sad day for the community.

"Terry Stewart was easy to work with, I found him to be open, very knowledgeable, he did his job," said Kosinski.

He has not been in favor of Terry's decision since he found out.

"I'm pleased that the council took the position that they did, I think it was the best thing for me and the community."

Stewart is getting six month severance pay and any vacation and sick time he has earned. Evelyn Wicks, the current Finance Director, will take over until a town manager is appointed on the 21st.