Freenock to retire, Michaels resigns

The City of Warren is soon to be on the hunt for a new manager and member of council.

Council on Monday received a notice of retirement from City Manager Nancy Freenock as well as a letter of resignation from Councilman Joe Michaels.

Freenock provided notice of her retirement in a letter to Mayor Dave Wortman read during Monday’s meeting.

Her retirement date is Aug. 22 and she called it a “pleasure and my honor to serve the residents of Warren.”

She said that she hopes all the projects and grants she has undertaken “will come to fruition.”

And she counseled Wortman to lean on city staff.

“The staff is knowledgeable and well-seasoned,” she wrote. “I urge you to make use of their expertise.

“Institutional knowledge is very difficult to recapture,” she added.

“You have left a large impact here that will be felt for many years to come,” Councilman John Wortman said.

Michaels’ resignation is effective July 31, according to the letter he submitted to Mayor Wortman.

Michaels was elected for his first term on city council last fall.

He called it a “great honor to serve” in his resignation letter and said he is “confident the city will have a bright future in your capable hands.”

“I’m really sorry to see you go,” Mayor Wortman said. “I know you put a lot of time and effort into your campaign. I completely understand jobs and how that works and what that does for you.”

Michaels told the Times Observer that the decision is job-related.


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