(Neb)-Wayne Anderson Stepping Down As City Manager
CHADRON - Chadron City Manager Wayne Anderson says he's retiring with his last day to be a week from Monday on the 20th. Anderson made the announcement at last night's city council meeting, saying he'd broken the news last week to the council, city department heads, and others.
Anderson said at 4-1/2 years as city manager, he's spent about a year and a half longer in the position than the average city manager and that it's "time to go on and do other things," although right now he doesn't have any specific plans, but will be leaving Chadron in the future.
He admits one reason for his decision to step down now is that all 3 of the big projects of his tenure are now done - the storm sewer expansion project with the repaving of 2 blocks of Main Street and all of West 1st Street with concrete, the reconstruction 3rd Street/Highway 20 with concrete, and the conversion of the swimming pool into the Chadron Area Aquatics and Wellness Center.
Although Anderson sees other big projects ahead, including expanding the library and decision on traffic control at the junction of Highways 20 and 385, all are a few years down the road and he feels comfortable turning the reins of the city over to someone else because of the quality and ability of both the city council and and city staff.
Another reason he's stepping down is that it's been 15 years since he's had a vacation, following up a career in the Navy with working 4 jobs and putting himself through college, then coming to Chadron as a program manager with Northwest Community Action Partnership before being named city manager.
He said when he was hired that when he and his wife crested the final hill on Highway 385 and began the descent into Chadron, they knew it was the place for them and expected to spent the rest of their lives there. Today, he says he still loves the city but that things change and he's ready to move on.
After his formal announcement, all five council members praised Anderson for his dedication, hard work, vision, and guidance as city manager. Nothing was said about the process that Chadron will use in finding Anderson's successor or when it will start.
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