Surf City’s longtime town manager announced Tuesday that he’ll retire from the job June 1.
SURF CITY — Surf City’s longtime town manager announced Tuesday that he’ll retire from the job June 1.
The town council, whose members tearfully approved Michael Moore’s decision during a special meeting, appointed Surf City Finance Director Jane Kirk and the town’s fire chief, Joey Rivenbark, as co-interim managers.
Mayor Zander Guy had to gain his composure when announcing Moore’s retirement. The mayor recalled where he was on May 8, 2002, when he asked Moore if he’d like to be the town’s interim manager.
“We met in the stairwell” of Town Hall, Guy said. “(Moore) said, ‘Are you kidding?’”
Moore accepted the job shortly after that meeting.
Moore’s decision comes after his wife, Charlotte, struggles to recover from injuries suffered in a “bad fall” in December. She has had several operations, and after meeting with their financial adviser, Moore determined he could retire.
“As you are aware, the past year has been very stressful for me, and in view of this I feel I must submit my resignation and pursue my new career into retirement,” Moore wrote in his letter of resignation. “I plan, at this time, to remain in the area, so if you have questions about any of the ongoing projects do not hesitate to give me a call.”
Moore was a compassionate and professional manager, Guy said.
“I know the town will miss you dearly for the contributions you have made,” he said. “It is with reluctance that I ask the council to approve this letter to retire.”
Council members expressed their appreciation for Moore’s work over the years.
Councilman Doug Medlin lightened the somber mood in the council’s chambers when he made the motion “with reluctance” to accept Moore’s retirement.
“I just hate you stayed here so long you got old,” he said.
Council members hugged Moore following the meeting.
“The town will go on,” he said with a smile.