DALLAS -- In informal meetings with the Dallas City Council on June 1, City Manager Roger Jordan informed them that he and his wife, Susie, are looking ahead to his retirement, no later than the end of 2007.
Jordan, 57, will mark his 25th anniversary as Dallas City Manager in September. His career in city management has spanned 33 years.
He isn't prepared at this time to provide a specific date for his departure, Jordan said, but wanted to inform the council to ensure an orderly transition.
Jordan is eligible for retirement under the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). In addition, the city has contributed to a deferred compensation agreement that will supplement the PERS benefit when Jordan leaves the city's employ.
When asked to comment, Jordan told the Itemizer-Observer: "I want to assure the citizens of Dallas that, as I have done for the past 25 years, my intention is to serve the public's best interests at all times. That will not change.
"Susie and I have talked about this for a long time. We think that stage of our lives is drawing closer. No one should be surprised that I'm retiring.
"Foremost in my concerns right now is my health. My wife and I would like to do some other things, and 25 years is long enough in this position. I'm looking forward to there being a new view on issues at City Hall," he said.
"I wanted the council to know where we are on the subject and to have the council members develop a plan for seeking a new manager."
No one on the present council, or the mayor, has been involved in hiring a city manager.
"When you're city manager or any public employee, there are always critics," Jordan said. "I've certainly had my share. I know it goes with the job. I think the council and I have always maintained an open and honest relationship on these matters. When a problem is perceived, we try to find what it is and deal with it.
"It may be a month or more before we're really definite regarding a date, but it's time the council starts looking for someone new to join them and our excellent staff."
As city manager Jordan must give a minimum of 45 days notice prior to termination under his contract. Failing that he would lose any accrued and unused vacation time.