FIRST ON WITN: Greenville City Manager Retiring

Just a week after Greenville's police chief announced he was leaving now the city manager says he is retiring.

Wayne Bowers told city council of his decision to retire during Friday's planning retreat in Greenville.

Bowers' last day is February 29th. He's been head of Greenville's city government since October 2004. Before that he was city manager of Gainesville, Florida and Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas says, “Wayne Bowers has been a real dedicated servant to the city of Greenville for many years and we hate so see him go and wish the best for he and his family.”

As far as hiring a new manager, Thomas says, “It will be a nationwide search and the process normally runs somewhere between 5 or 6 months depending on the quality of candidates and narrowing down of the process.”

Thomas also says they hope to have the new city manager on board to make the final decision on a new police chief.

Last Friday, Police Chief William Anderson announced he was leaving for a new job in Asheville as police chief.

In a three paragraph letter to council, Bowers said he was meeting the requirements in his employment agreement with the city in giving at least 30 days written notice of his resign.

"Thank you for the opportunity and privilege to serve as your city manager for the past seven plus years," said Bowers in the letter. "I pledge my continuing efforts during the next several weeks to ensure a smooth transition for the City Manager's Office."

You can read the entire resignation letter by clicking the link at the top of the story.

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