COLUMBIA — City Manager Bill Watkins announced Friday that Paula Hertwig Hopkins will serve as acting city manager effective through March 11, when he formally retires.
Hertwig Hopkins will work with Watkins during this transition and will have decision-making authority when he is absent. Watkins’ wife, Kathleen, died on Tuesday after an eight-year struggle with breast cancer.
The public is invited to attend the retirement reception for City Manager Bill Watkins.
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
When: March 10
Where: Riechmann Pavilion, Stephens Lake Park, 2300 E. Walnut St.
At 5:30 p.m., there will be a special presentation to Watkins.
“Paula is not seeking the city manager’s position and has agreed to serve. I have full faith and trust in her,” Watkins said in a news release.
Hertwig Hopkins joined the city as an assistant city manager in March 2000. She is a member of the Missouri Municipal League and the International City Management Association. Hertwig Hopkins also serves on the board of the Missouri City Management Association.
Following Watkins’ retirement, City Council members will name a temporary city manager until a permanent successor is chosen. The council will hold a closed meeting March 8 with Scott Reilly, CEO of Affion Public., The strategic consulting and advisory services firm will help determine potential candidates for the position.
Council members plan to interview the final candidates March 18 through March 20.