Englewood City Manager Gary Sears has announced his plans to retire.
“After a great deal of thought about the subject, I want to announce that I plan to retire effective Sept. 1,” he said at the March 3 city council meeting, while handing a retirement letter to councilmembers. “I have been in municipal public management in Colorado for 43 years and, for the last 17 years, I have had the privilege of serving as Englewood’s city manager.”
He said he and his wife Dianne have discussed the subject and agreed it was time to make the decision. He added that he had informed his staff and directors at the city department of his decision. However, the decision had been kept a secret and those at the meeting were generally surprised by the announcement.
In his letter, Sears wrote that he has enjoyed the opportunity to be of service to Englewood and to have played a role in improving the city in numerous ways.
“As a professional manager and, according to the ethics of the International City Managers Association, I will not participate in the selection process for my replacement,” he said.
He added that he is willing to work with the city council and staff during the transition period.
Mayor Randy Penn told the council that work to establish a process for the search for a new city manager would begin immediately.
Sears accepted the job as Englewood City Manager in 1996. He directed the city during the arrival of the Southwest Corridor Light Rail line, the successful effort to create a transit-oriented development, the demolition of the Cinderella City shopping mall and the construction of Englewood Civic Center.