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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  • by Ned on Jan 22, 2012 at 04:10 PM
    How any of you can say either of these two people will be missed is beyond belief! The city council had nothing to do with their leaving other then the new mayors expectations and his agenda. You may not like the current council, but they were voted in and you have to live with the majority decision. If you want change, get off your lazy duffs and vote in the next election. You got what you you decided what wasn't worth you time to change. Quit crying over nothing...
  • by uknowit Location: gville on Jan 22, 2012 at 02:32 PM
    Wants the real story? Maybe the News and Observer will come down here and do some of their investigative reporting because something is up! Our council is full of crooks with their kids in with murderers
  • by Freebird on Jan 21, 2012 at 08:27 PM
    Half of that city council could not conduct a succesful Bake sale!Why in the world would a police chief want to come here!
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      by Chuck on Jan 22, 2012 at 11:04 AM in reply to Freebird
      Heck,they do not have enough brains to even sell Girl Scout Cookies.
  • by Slade on Jan 21, 2012 at 08:18 PM
    Born and raised in Greenville, lived there for 33 years, there are good folks in Greenville, but it is night and day what it was 10-20 years ago. I moved near the OBX last year and I man I am glad. Good luck to all.
  • by john Location: farmville on Jan 21, 2012 at 07:17 PM
    folks leaving greenville, sounds like witn will have a good story to report to us in the upcoming weeks
  • by Disgruntled(ex)worker on Jan 21, 2012 at 04:41 PM
    Donkey Puke! America elected a want to be prez that had 0 experience because of affirmative action(and the george soros crowd).No reason they cant find somebody like the rest of the crowd that is left to take his place.I dont blame him!I would have quit 3 years ago though.Enjoy your retierment SIR,you deserve it for what you have had to put up with the last couple or three of years.
  • by RP Location: Ahoskie on Jan 21, 2012 at 01:04 PM
    Hey WITN has your team done or going to do a story on the Hertford county commissioners moving the county seat after 240 something years and what it will cost the taxpayers,IT would be good cause the tempers are flaring
  • by Conspiracy Location: G-Vegas on Jan 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM
    Mmmm,First the Mayor then the Police Chief now the City Manager.Smells kind of FISHY to me.What do you other Tax Payers think..
  • by Tom Location: Greenville on Jan 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM
    Maybe we can get some council members who dont get arrested and dont start crying when they dont get there way in the city. These people are a bunch of jokes and we as a city need to vote them out!!!!!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 01:04 PM in reply to Tom
      They would get voted out by a landslide if someone---anyone---would run against them.
  • by Douglas Location: Greenville on Jan 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM
    First, they have to spend $75K to hire a company from Virginia to do the search. I'd be happy ton take the job at half the current salary and I promise a budget surplus and can assure you the sun will rise in the east tomorrow after the budget cuts.
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