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Joe Hannan will leave the city position after three years on the job, but plans to remain active in the community

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - Newberg City Manager Joe Hannan announced last week that he will retire from the position in September.

Newberg City Manager Joe Hannan announced May 6 he is retiring this fall after three years on the job.

In a letter to Mayor Rick Rogers and the council, Hannan said he came out of retirement three years ago to accept the Newberg job. Now that his three-year contract is ending, Hannan wrote he has decided to retire again.

"My tenure at Newberg has been personally and professionally fulfilling," Hannan wrote.

Hannan's resignation will be effective Sept. 1 in order to allow the city to hire a new city manager and ensure a "smooth transition."

"I offer to help in any way the council wishes in the process of recruiting the best qualified city manager candidate," Hannan wrote in the letter.

Hannan, 66, expressed that he was grateful to the council and community for the opportunity to be the city manager. In his note, he added that he and his wife plan to stay in Newberg and continue volunteering for years to come.

Hannan came to Newberg with years of experience as a city manager in other cities, including Redmond, where he had been manager for 10 years.

He's lived in Santa Barbara, Calif., which at the time had about 75,000 people, and later Sunnyvale, Calif., which had a population of 120,000. Both communities were too big for his taste, Hannan decided. Years later, his most recent post was in Palmer, Alaska, population 7,000, where he served for about 16 months.

Hannan was sworn in for the Newberg position in June 2016, after he was chosen from nearly 80 applicants nationwide. The post became open nearly a year earlier when his predecessor, Jackie Betz, was forced to resign after becoming embroiled in a number of controversies, including firing a large number of city department heads within days of taking over the position.

Hannan also served in the United States Army, where he retired as a lieutenant colonel.

The Newberg City Council met in a study session on Tuesday to discuss the process for recruiting a city manager.

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