PILOT POINT — City Manager Tom Adams has announced plans to retire from his position by the end of May, after delaying retirement for more than a year to guide and complete a few city projects.
This week Adams submitted his resignation letter stating that after 31 years of service in city management and four years working in Pilot Point, it was time for the city to begin the process of looking for the next city manager.
“I have enjoyed the opportunity and privilege of working for the city,” he said in the letter. “I will assist in any way I can as the City Council works to identify and appoint a new city manager.”
Those who worked with Adams said the friendship and experience that they gained from him will never be forgotten.
“It has been a real pleasure working with Mr. Adams and on behalf of the city of Pilot Point, we thank him for his insightful guidance, support and dedication for his devoted services to the city and for this everyone is truly grateful,” city Secretary Alicia Holloway said.
Adams said his target date for retirement is May 31, but added that the date is flexible because he’s not looking for other employment and that it allows him to help stay in place until a new manager is hired.
Adams said he expects the search for the city manager to take anywhere from three to four months to complete.
During that time, the city will identify the desired characteristics for the new city manager, advertise for the position and conduct interviews as necessary, he said.
A press release from the city stated Adams came to Pilot Point faced with unprecedented economic challenges but is leaving the city with a more-efficient organization, improved utility service levels and a structurally sound budget.
Adams first announced plans to retire in November 2012 for health-related reasons, but added that if needed, the city council had a good chance to persuade him to stay.
And they did.
At the time, Mayor Pete Hollar said Adams was a valuable asset and that the council would do almost anything to keep Adams as city manager. He told the council he would consider remaining on staff through the summer 2013 and then re-evaluate possibly stepping down.
One of the city’s major projects that Adams wanted to see through included a water well project, which is still pending completion.
“Last year I committed to stay on for the completion of the water well project, and I will continue to work with the city council towards that end,” he said.
Prior to coming to Pilot Point, Adams served in various city manager and assistant manager positions in Texas cities that included Abilene, Sundown, Seminole, Odessa, San Angelo and Lubbock.
He has a master’s in public administration from Brigham Young University.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.