Yesterday's news that Minot City Manager David Waind will soon retire means he will end almost 40 years of work within the city administration.
Waind says his last day will be in March of next year - 17 years after he became city manager.
He says one of the most lasting memories he holds is of all of the great leaders he's worked alongside over his time in city hall - from mayors to department heads to city workers.
He says his replacement will have a great opportunity.
(David Waind, Minot City Manager) "When you look at Minot going forward I think it's an exciting time. I think any manager that's interested, or anyone that's interested in serving in the manager position - whether someone from within the community, someone from within the organization, somebody from outside that's a manager in another city - this is a great place to be. There are so many opportunities as you look down the road."
Waind says the flood of 2011 was one of the most memorable events of his tenure as city manager. And he says the continuing effort to get help to people who are still hurting from the flood is a big concern going forward. As for what's next for him? He says that's up in the air.
(David Waind, Minot City Manager) "I have some working years left and it might be kind of interesting to maybe finish out doing something else. I don't have anything else lined up, it's just an opportunity to take a look and I'll do my retirement thing for a while and see if the right thing comes along I'll give it some consideration."
The process of searching for a new city manager will begin soon, in hopes of having a replacement for Waind by the time he leaves the job in about five months.