Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown is retiring effective Feb. 28, leaving the South Hall city after a 16-year tenure.
Since becoming eligible to retire in the fall, “my wife and I gave it a lot of thought, consideration and prayer over the holidays, and decided it was the time to go ahead and do this,” Brown told The Times on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
“It’s been a good adventure. It’s been the longest job I’ve had in local government,” he said. “You put your heart and soul into it, and I feel like I’ve done that. It’s been a great experience — and good people to work with. I think, as a team, we’ve made a big difference here in our community.”
Brown said he told Oakwood City Council about his decision during the council’s executive session on personnel matters at its meeting Monday night, then to staff Tuesday morning.
He expects the council will meet soon to talk about how to replace him.
“I met with the mayor (Lamar Scroggs) and our city attorney (Donnie Hunt), and we’re working on a strategy and a process to start that effort,” Brown said. “Probably, we’ll need to have an acting (city manager). I think the clock will run out before they can hire someone full-time.”
Brown also serves as the city’s interim clerk, but not for much longer.
The city will have a new full-time clerk, Crystal Ward, starting on Jan. 27, he said.
As for what’s ahead for him personally, Brown said, “I’m turning 60 this year and still young enough to maybe pursue other career options. …. I don’t intend to just retire and just not work anymore.”