COSTA MESA — City Manager Allan Roeder announced his retirement Wednesday, ending a 36-year career with the city that started with an internship in the mid-1970s.
Since then, Roeder managed to move up the ranks of the administration, first working in the Public Works Department, then as assistant city manager and then finally as city manager.
To ensure a smooth transition, he plans to retire in March.
"It is humbling to have been part of such a dedicated and talented team," Roeder said in a statement. "With the guidance and leadership of the current council and the many former city councils, we have together worked with the community to achieve numerous successes that are now part of the fabric of Costa Mesa."
Councilman Gary Monahan, upon hearing the news, commended Roeder for his hard work, noting that he "kind of saw it coming."
"I think he probably made the decision a while ago," Monahan said. "He's been phenomenal for the last 25 years. Sometimes, it's just time to move on. I appreciate everything he's done. Between the fairgrounds and the budget-union contracts, he's been a real trooper and a fantastic manager, but everyone knows when it's their time, and this is Allan's time."