GR City Manager to retire

October 7, 2008
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After nearly 22 years at the helm of the city, Grand Rapids City Manager Kurt Kimball announced this morning that he will leave the post he has held since 1987 at the end of this year.

“It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as this city’s Chief Executive Officer throughout this incredible transformation, but it is now time for me to retire from this position of great trust,” Kimball said.

“I plan to step aside from my position as City Manager at the end of this calendar year to pursue other similarly-fulfilling, but less-consuming work that enables me to continue to make a positive difference in the life of this community that I love so dearly,” he added.

Kimball was only 36 years old when he became city manager. He started with the city as an administrative aide in 1974 at the age of 23.

A possible replacement, at least on an interim basis, is Deputy City Manager Eric DeLong.

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