BREAKING NEWS: Roeder Announces Retirement!
The City of Costa Mesa sent out a press release this afternoon announcing the retirement of City Manager Allan Roeder. The text of that press release follows:
October 20, 2010
Costa Mesa, California
City Manager Allan Roeder Announces Retirement
City Manager Allan Roeder has informed the City Council that he plans to retire from the City of Costa Mesa in March of 2011. This will provide sufficient time for a smooth transition for the City Council, the organization and the community. His official last day of service will be determined in the next few months.
City Manager Roeder has had an incredibly productive and rewarding career, culminating with his devoted service as City Manager in Costa Mesa for the past 25 years. He served in several different capacities for the City prior to becoming City Manager including four years in the City’s Public Services Department - a total of over thirty five years of service to the community of Costa Mesa.
“It is humbling to have been part of such a dedicated and talented team of employees over the many years.” “With the guidance and leadership of the current Council and the many former City Councils, we have together worked with the community to achieve numerous successes that are now a part of the fabric of Costa Mesa.” “I am honored to have served the people of Costa Mesa and with my wife Christie, we hope to remain a member of the community for many years to come.” “I have so many people to thank for their support and friendship.”
Mayor Allan Mansoor, stated that “Allan has been the corner stone for the foundation that is our city government in Costa Mesa. His leadership, knowledge and truly dedicated service is appreciated so deeply by all of Costa Mesa.” “On behalf of the entire City Council we thank him for all that he has done for our community.”
For further information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at (714) 754-5328.
NOT MUCH "GOOD"...
In my view, this is one of those good news/bad news situations. The good news is that our city has benefited by Roeder's steady hand at the helm for three decades. The bad news is that he's going to turn loose that grip in a few months.
A GREAT CITY MANAGER
I'm sure there will be much more to say about this in the next few months. Personally, I admire Roeder as a manager and a human being almost more than I can state here. Imagine trying to keep the city on an even keel while training a new crop of council members ever couple years! Imagine trying to deal with the capriciousness of the Eric Bever's of the world. Or managing Chris Steel for four years!
TOO MUCH STRESS FOR ANYONE
The past couple years have been very stressful for everyone in city government but I suspect Roeder felt it more strongly than anyone else. In addition to the ongoing budget crisis he's also had to deal with the Fairgrounds sale debacle.
I'm grateful for the time we've had with him and for the dedicated service he has provided to the City and all it's residents. We wish him all the best in the future.
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