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December 14, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Durango City Manager Bob Ledger Announces Retirement
(2007-06-04)
Bob Ledger in his office Monday after announcing he would retire August 1st. (Photo: Victor Locke, KSUT)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Durango City Manager Bob Ledger has announced he's retiring.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports:

LEDGER: I THINK IT'S BASICALLY TIME FOR ME TO GO.
Ledger has written Durango City Councilor's announcing he will retire as of August first.
LEDGER: I'M AT THAT AGE, I'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS, 24 PLUS HERE. AND I DON'T WANT TO SAY I'M BURNED OUT, BUT WHEN IT'S TIME TO GO YOU GO.
The 66-year old Ledger says he had intended to announce his retirement at the start of the year, but didn't want the hiring of a new city manager to become an issue in last April's city council election.
He says he has no real regrets from his nearly two and a half decades steering the city as manager.
LEDGER: I'VE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME, TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST WITH YOU. COMING FROM THE EAST COAST, YOU KNOW OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF THINGS WERE MORE SETTLED THERE PERHAPS THAN WHEN I ARRIVED HERE IN 1982 AND IN A LOT OF RESPECTS THIS HAS BEEN SOMEWHAT LIKE A LABORATORY IN TERMS OF HAVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRY NEW AND EXCITING THINGS, AND I THINK IT'S FAIR TO SAY DURANGO'S A FAR DIFFERENT PLACE NOW THAN WHAT IT WAS IN 1982. SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY, "WELL YEA, I WISH WE COULD GO BACK TO 1982," BUT I DOUBT IF THAT'S REALLY ACCURATE BECAUSE TOWN HAS CHANGED A LOT FOR THE BETTER, IN MY OPINION, IN THOSE TWENTY YEARS OR SO. WE'VE DONE A LOT OF POSITIVE THINGS FOR THIS COMMUNITY AND I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE TAKE THEM, QUITE FRANKLY FOR GRANTED, BUT WHEN YOU REALLY TAKE A LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE TOWN IN TERMS OF ITS POPULATION, IN TERMS OF ITS GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION, IN A RELATIVELY SPARSELY POPULATED SOUTHWESTERN CORNER OF THE STATE WE OFFER I THINK AS A COMMUNITY, A FULL RANGE OF SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES FOR JUST ABOUT ANYBODY AND CERTAINLY THAT RANGE WOULD BE COMPARABLE TO WHAT YOU WOULD FIND IN A COMMUNITY PROBABLY FIVE OR SIX TIMES OUR SIZE.
Ledger says he'll spend some time relaxing and catching up on housework, and won't rule out working part time.
LEDGER: I WOULD NEVER GO BACK ON A FULL TIME BASIS, BUT THERE ARE POSITIONS THAT CROP UP FROM TIME TO TIME, THERE ARE SOME COMMUNITIES THAT MAY BE INTERESTED IN HAVING ME DO SOME SPECIAL PROJECTS, THINGS LIKE THAT.
He says his decision has nothing to do with the change of city council.
LEDGER: THE INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE ELECTED, I DON'T THINK I'D HAVE ANY PROBLEM WORKING WITH THEM OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS, IF THAT WERE MY CHOICE.
Councilor and current Mayor Doug Lyon reacted to Ledger's announcement.
LYON: DURANGO'S BEEN VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE SUCH OUTSTANDING AND STABLE LEADERSHIP. IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING, THAT BOB LEDGER'S VISION AND GUIDANCE HAS HELPED TO CREATE THE WONDERFUL COMMUNITY THAT WE LIVE IN TODAY.
Durango City Councilor's are responsible for hiring the city manager.
Present Assistant City Manager Greg Caton says he's made no decision about whether or not he would be a candidate.
From KSUT, Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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