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December 14, 2017
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Council Bids Farewell To City Manager
(2007-07-18)
(Photo: Victor Locke, KSUT
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Outgoing Durango City Manager Bob Ledger was honored last night while attending his final city council meeting.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.


LYON: WE'RE GONNA MISS YOU BOB, AND SO WILL THE STAFF, AND SO WILL THE TOWN.
VICTOR: City Councilor and Mayor Doug Lyon praised Ledger saying he always paid close attention to the building blocks of our quality of life, things like roads, sewers, public safety.

LYON: DURANGO WAS A DUSTY LITTLE BERG, WHEN MR. LEDGER CAME HERE IN 1982 AND IT HAD MANY MILES OF UNPAVED CITY STREETS AND THAT'S OF COURSE IS NOT THE CASE ANY MORE. IN FACT NOW, WE ARE ON MAGAZINE COVERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND EVEN ACROSS THE WORLD, WRITTEN UP AS A VERY DESIRABLE PLACE TO VISIT AND A VERY DESIREABLE PLACE TO LIVE. HE WAS ALSO, INCIDENTALLY, PART OF THE CREATION OF MANY CITY AMENITIES THAT HAVE MADE DURANGO EVEN MORE DESIREABLE OVER THE YEARS, AND THEY'RE TOO NUMEROUS TO LIST.
Lyon said Ledger's 25 years of service, beginning near Durango's Centennial celebration, has helped set the city on a solid course for the next century.
Through it all, Lyon said Ledger never lost his sense of humor, even when dealing with sometimes strong personalities on city council.
By a 5-0 vote, current councilors adopted a resolution renaming the plaza entrance to the current and any future city hall, the Robert F. Ledger Jr. Civic Plaza.
Ledger then told the crowded council chambers he estimates during his tenure he's attended 500 council meetings, and an equal number of study sessions, serving 70-to-75 councilors.
And, as he's often done, he gave credit for his years and the communities accomplishments to his staff and citizens who've been supportive.
LEDGER: IT'S NICE FROM TIME TO TIME WHEN PEOPLE COME UP TO YOU AND SAY HEY BOB, YOU'RE DOING A GOOD JOB AND WHAT HAVE YOU, BUT I MEAN IN TERMS OF SUPPORTING THE THINGS THAT WE'VE TRIED TO ACCOMPLISH HERE, AND THAT I THINK WE'VE BEEN QUITE SUCCESSFUL IN ACCOMPLISHING, AND IT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN DONE IF IT WEREN'T FOR, EVEN THE SILENT SUPPORT OF PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY. I WOULD LIKE TO JUST IN CLOSING SAY, THANKS TO EVERYBODY IN TOWN, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, IT'S BEEN A GREAT JOURNEY, I DON'T FEEL LIKE I'M READY TO CRAWL UP INTO THE FETAL POSITION BUT IT'S TIME FOR ME TO MOVE ON AND DO OTHER THINGS, BUT THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.
Ledger has served as city manager for one fifth of Durango's 125 years, a significant and important accomplishment according to local historian Duane Smith, who was also in the audience.
SMITH: PERMANANCY, I THINK IT'S VITAL TO THE TOWN OF DURANGO. THE LEADERSHIP SHOULD BE PERMANENT, I THINK BOB SERVED, I KNOW BOB SERVED LONGER THAN ANY OTHER CITY MANAGER, AND HE SERVED AT A TIME WHEN THERE WAS GREAT GROWTH, GREAT CHANGE AND GREAT STRESS ON THE TOWN, AND YOU NEED CONTINUITY AND THAT'S WHAT BOB GAVE US, PLUS EXCELLENT GUIDANCE.
As the meeting concluded, Mayor Doug Lyon allowed Ledger to have a final say, and close his final meeting.
To do so, he mustered up again, his sense of humor.
LEDGER: I USED TO DO THIS AS A KID. BEDA BEDA BEDA BEDA, THAT'S ALL FOLKS.
Ledger's final day on the job is August first.
Public Works Director Jack Rogers will take over as interim city manager, while an executive search firm has been retained by City Council to assist in finding his successor.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.

TAG: A public reception for Ledger is scheduled for Thursday, July 26th from 5-8pm at Durango's Doubletree Hotel.
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