After more than five years as Richmond City Manager, Jimmy Howard was bid farewell at Tuesday night’s city commission meeting.
The commission will not meet again before Howard’s retirement takes effect Dec. 31.
“I’m doing the best I can right now, Mayor,” Howard said as he wiped tears from his face. “I want to introduce three people who are always by me, my wife, granddaughter and daughter-in-law.”
The mayor and City Clerk Lisa Cassity then presented Howard with a proclamation and a plaque.
“Better get this over with, or you and I both will be crying,” Barnes said. “In my opinion, one of the main reasons that our city is doing so financially well is because of you. It has been a privilege and an opportunity to work with this man. He is 100 percent honest, full of integrity and loves his city.”
Cassity then said, “I have had the pleasure of working under Jimmy for five years now, and we’ve had our good days and bad, but we’ve all survived.”
Then it was Howard’s turn to say thanks.
“They say time flies when you’re having fun,” he said, smiling. “I must’ve been having a really good time. Thank all of you, the employees, city commission, everyone, for the support you’ve given me. I’ve had a lot of help along the way and I appreciate all of it so much. Thank you so much for your time and support. It will never be forgotten.”
Commission members and city employees, including a number of police officers filed by to say personally farewells.
Before being being hired on short notice as city manager in September 2009 when Richmond was in the throes of a financial crisis, Howard served for 18 years as the city’s industrial recruiter. He came came to City Hall in 1991 after a career in banking.
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