Anaheim City Manager Bob Wingenroth submitted his resignation to te City Council earlier today. Here is his message to city staff:
It is with great respect and humility that I have been given the opportunity to serve you and the residents of the City of Anaheim as city manager. I have worked in a very enviable position since taking on this role in November of 2011. Every person that I work with, all the women and men who keep this city running every day, care deeply about the people of Anaheim and do all they can with all of their gifts to make our community better.
As you know, I journeyed to beautiful Anaheim after living in Arizona for nearly all of my life. When we left Arizona, I idyllically believed that everyone in our family would slowly settle by our side here, preferably in Anaheim. Four years later, we are here alone. As time has passed, the challenges of life have revealed the beauty and support of our extended family – their need for us and our need for them. My wife Lauri, daughter Rita and I plan to return to Arizona to be closer to family. A few minutes ago, I submitted my letter of resignation to our Mayor and City Council. I am grateful to our Mayor and City Council for their confidence in me and for their support to all of us.
My decision is not without regrets; Anaheim is a beautiful, diverse, and dynamic City. I have met many warm people and have built lifelong friendships. There is a special vitality that defines the people who live and work here. I am honored to have been a member of this wonderful community; I am honored to be able to work with you. Thank you for all you have done to make Anaheim the great City that it is today. Now, I’ll still be around for a couple of months. I look forward to seeing you, sharing stories, and talking about ways to continue to make our City great!