Columbia assistant city manager position eliminated

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 | 6:22 p.m. CDT; updated 10:08 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 3, 2011

COLUMBIA — Paula Hertwig Hopkins will step down as assistant city manager because the position has been eliminated due to budget constraints.

"Paula has served the city of Columbia for more than 11 years," City Manager Mike Matthes said in a city news release. "She has taken the lead on many key projects, and her strong work ethic and dedication to the city will be missed."

Hertwig Hopkins has been assistant city manager since March 2000. She acted as the interim city manager after former City Manager Bill Watkins retired and continued to fulfill the requirements of the position until Matthes was appointed, and took an interesting path to her position with the city.

"I appreciate the opportunity I had to serve this wonderful community. I am proud of the projects and goals I was able to help the city accomplish, feel privileged to have worked with such a great staff and thank them for their assistance over the years," Hertwig Hopkins said in the release.

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