In a surprise announcement, Mansfield’s borough manager Lynnette Burton announced her intention to retire during council’s Sept. 11 meeting.

Her final day of work will be Feb. 28, 2020.

“I feel a five-month notice will allow time for hiring and training a new manager and for me to assist with other personnel matters,” Burton’s resignation letter read.

During January and February, Burton will work two days per week and utilize unused personal, vacation and allowed sick days.

“This will give time to help the new manager and also allow me to assist with year-end reports and help cover the front office,” the letter continues.

“I appreciate the opportunities that have been granted to me by the borough over the past 19-plus years. I am at a point in my life that I always said I would retire. I love this town and I have loved working for it,” she added.

Advertising for the position will begin will immediately. Burton was named borough manager in 2018.