City administrator gives 18-month notice that he'll be done at the end of 2014

by: RAY HUGHEY - City Administrator Greg Ellis has notified the city he will retire at the end of 2014. After pondering the question of retirement for quite a while, and spurred on by a recent cruise through Alaska, Canby City Administrator Greg Ellis has let the city know he will step down at the end of 2014. It’s time to retire, said Ellis. “I’ll turn 65 next year and my wife recently took me on a vacation for my birthday – we cruised Alaska and had a lot of fun,” he said. “I’d already been thinking about when to retired for a long time and after that trip really started to focus in on a date. I’ve heard of people giving 18 months notice and it makes sense on several levels. The reason I want to give such a long notice is that I want to give the council the opportunity to find someone they want. “The process could involve an internal candidate or not take 18 months, but what this does is give the city time – they don’t have to rush,” he added. It also allows the city to budget correctly for the next fiscal year. “I don’t want to put too much of a burden on the city,” Ellis said. “Although, on a selfish note, If I don’t take a lot of vacation, it helps give me an increase in pay and drops a few more dollars in my PERS retirement.” Ellis said that the recent turmoil surrounding the library project was not a motivation for looking to leave. “If that had had any bearing on it, I’d have been gone yesterday,” Ellis said. “The library issue was not the issue that had me look toward retirement. I understand I work for a seven-member city. I don’t agree with everything, but I work for them. “ There is still a lot of stuff we can work on from the visioning plan,” he added. “There are still council goals being worked on.” Once retired, Ellis plans to take a month off with his wife in Hawaii, then said he’ll start looking at some other options. Not being busy isn’t part of his nature, said Ellis. “One of the needs I see is to guide people through the planning process,” he said. He also plans to get on a list for interim city managers. He said the turnover of managers throughout the stay is relatively high and interim replacement jobs are available regularly. “You get maybe a three to sixth month assignment somewhere in the state to keep the city going,” Ellis said. “That might be fun.”

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