Reception scheduled for Watkins' retirement

Monday, February 28, 2011 | 11:31 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A retirement reception for City Manager Bill Watkins has been scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. March 10 at Stephens Lake Park.

The reception, which is open to the public, will be held in the Riechmann Indoor Pavilion. A special presentation to Watkins is set for 5:30 p.m. Mayor Bob McDavid will present Watkins with an engraved retirement tile, Carol Schafer, secretary to the city manager, said. 

“Mr. Watkins actually started the retirement tiles when he first became city manager,” Schafer said. 

The tiles are blue glass and are made by local artist Susan Taylor Glasgow.

Watkins announced his retirement on Oct. 4, 2010 after serving five years as city manager. 

In November, the city hired Pennsylvania-based Affion Public, a consulting and advisory firm, to conduct a nationwide search for city manager candidates.

The search firm was expected to present the council with a list of potential candidates in a closed meeting March 8, according to a previous Missourian report.  

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