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Provo — The award-winning city manager of Provo is retiring after 20 years of service.
Wayne Parker, who has been Provo’s chief administrative officer since 2003, announced his impending retirement to city leaders on Wednesday. The next day, city leaders announced Parker’s formal retirement would take place on Sept. 16.
“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve the residents of Provo for the past 20 years. It’s my house,” he said in the letter.
Parker said he has served three mayors, 33 city council members and dozens of other officials who have “made a positive difference to our unique quality of life” and “changed people’s lives.” A true hero who dedicates his life and career to making things better.” our residents. “
Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufushi said Parker “has been instrumental” in leading the city in a positive direction.
“While we will lose his insight and solution-oriented mindset, we know he will continue to contribute to our community after his retirement,” Kaufushi said in a news release.
Parker said he has fond memories of Provo and enjoyed being a part of its growth.
“We have seen significant economic growth through cooperation and cooperation between the public and private sectors,” he wrote.
During his tenure as Chief Executive, he was involved in projects such as downtown revitalization, development of the municipal fiber optic network, initiation of the Front Runner system in the city, creation of the Mountain Vista Business Center and Startup District, and construction of new business centers. I have been involved. Airport passenger terminal.
Parker received the 2020 Career Excellence Award from the International Association of City/County Management. Only one city manager is awarded each year based on their individual achievements in local government management and their creative contribution to the quality of life in their communities.
“I have loved my career in local government management and have enjoyed the opportunity to serve the residents and elected officials of the City of Provo. Our city officials are truly the secret to our city’s success. The city of Provo has some of the best residents in the world, and that’s what makes it so appealing.”This community is a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Parker wrote.
United Way of Utah President Bill Halterstrom worked with Parker at the South Franklin Community Center. He said he will miss Parker very much.
“The citizens of Provo are fortunate to have had Wayne Parker serve (Chief Executive Officer) for the last 20 years, and his fingerprints are on so many great community projects.” said Halterström. “His service will leave a lasting legacy for all of us.”
Parker said he is confident community leaders and members will continue to work together to care for the city.
“While I am grateful for my humble contribution to the core of all this, I am most grateful to everyone at Provo for their tremendous contributions to this exceptional community,” he wrote.