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Lewisville City Manager Claude King to Retire in April

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/1/7 4:14:08 (2856 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville City Manager Claude King, 59, announced at tonight’s Lewisville City Council meeting that he would retire effective April 30th. King has worked for the City of Lewisville since 1989, and has been the City Manager for the past 16 years. King said that his wife Pat had retired last year, and that while he didn’t have any specific plans for what he’ll do in his retirement, he thought that he and his wife would take the time to travel. King also said he’d have more time to work on his guitar playing.

The City Council discussed the future vacancy in closed session, then voted to authorize King to put out a request for proposals from executive search firms who might help the Council conduct a search for his replacement.

Assistant City Managers Steve Bacchus and Donna Barron, who have worked as a team with King for all of his tenure, said they had only found out about the vacancy tonight. Bacchus, who is the same age as King, said that he is another couple of years away from his own retirement. Bacchus said that most likely, the council would want to hire someone who they could expect to be in the job for more than the short amount of time he has remaining, so he would not be considering a step up into the manager position. Both Barron and Bacchus said they would be around for the transition. Barron wasn’t ready to say that she wanted the job, but did say that she would be willing to serve in whatever capacity the Council saw fit. With obvious emotion, Barron praised her departing boss: “[King] is the best city manager in the state of Texas,” she said. “What the city has been able to do under his leadership is unprecedented, and I’ve learned a lot. He has definitely left a big mark on this city.”

The City of Lewisville released this statement tonight:

Lewisville City Manager Claude King on Monday announced his retirement effective April 30. King has been Lewisville’s manager since 1998 and has been with the city since 1989.

King, 59, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Texas. He has more than 30 years of combined municipal and state government experience.

He initially joined Lewisville as the Capital Projects Coordinator and was promoted to Assistant to the City Manager in 1993, Assistant City Manager in 1994, and Deputy City Manager in 1996. King is Lewisville’s sixth city manager since adoption of a home rule charter in 1963, and has held the position longer than any of his predecessors.

“I could not have found a better community to work in, a better group of elected officials to work for, or a better staff to work with, than I have experienced here during my tenure,” King said in making his announcement to the Lewisville City Council.

“I became interested in municipal service because of the opportunities it represented to make cities better places for those living in them and I believe that, as a team, we have accomplished a great deal toward that end since 1989.”

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