Huff to Retire as Ft. Wright City Administrator
The City of Fort Wright's City Administrative Officer (CAO) Gary Huff recently announced plans to retire to Mayor David Hatter and city council.
Huff, 65, who has been the CAO for over 7 and a half years, will retire in May to spend more time traveling with his wife and grandchildren.
This decision was difficult Huff said. "Fort Wright is a great community and I have truly enjoyed working for the residents and businesses in our City,” he said in an announcement. “I’m proud that the mayor, council, staff and I have accomplished a number of major projects including stabilizing city finances, reducing expenses, eliminating long-term debt, developing a five year capital improvement plan, implementing an aggressive street improvement program, implementing in-house Advanced Life Support, recruiting new businesses such as Von Lehman to the city, working with sculptor Greg Wyatt to create the Families of The Fallen Garden, and working to strengthen the Fort Wright staff team."
“Gary has done an amazing job in his tenure as the CAO of Fort Wright," Hatter said. "He’s not only a consummate and caring professional, he’s well respected in the Northern Kentucky community. After eight terms on Council and more than a year as Mayor, I have found Gary to be a trusted and valued advisor and good friend.
“One of the reasons I decided to run for Mayor was confidence that I’d be able to lean on Gary’s deep knowledge and experience here and in his previous role as Washington Township, Ohio, Administrator. On behalf of myself and City Council, I’m very sorry to see Gary go, but I’m happy that he will be able to spend time with his family and friends and we wish him a long, healthy and happy retirement!"
Mayor Hatter has established an official search committee, similar to the one which selected Huff eight years ago. Huff will serve on the committee along with Hatter, long-time council members Adam Feinauer and Joe Averdick, City Attorney Todd McMurtry, and former Mayor Joe Nienaber, who hired Huff.
An aggressive schedule has been set to hire Huff’s replacement and work has already begun.
“Our goal is to conduct a thorough search, select an amazing candidate and have a new CAO on board for Huff to train and mentor prior to Gary’s departure," Hatter said. "We’re very fortunate that Gary has given us extensive advance notice and that we can leverage his experience and expertise to select and train a new CAO.”
More information will be forthcoming soon on the search process and how to be considered as a candidate, according to a news release.
Photo: Gary Huff (provided)