COSTA MESA — They don't come more humble than Allan Roeder.
City managers typically last four to five years. Then they get canned or they move on.
City councils came and went but Roeder survived Costa Mesa's pressure cooker politics for 25 years as city manager.
And through that quarter-century until his retirement on Friday, the city manager, who had started his career at City Hall as an intern 37 years ago, never wavered. Somehow he maintained a calmness, steadiness and quiet confidence about him as the city went through cycles of boom and bust.
True to his reputation, of course, Roeder shies away from taking any of the credit.
Ask him how he lasted so long, and he'll go on about the leadership of the city councils he's worked with, his hardworking staff and the community's resilience through tough times.
What he won't say is that the pair of boots, spray-painted in bronze and standing off to the side of his office, probably had something to do with it.