City Manager Rorie Watt on new role

    New City Manager Rorie Watt has been on the job for just about a month, having taken over after Kim Kiefer retired at the end of April. Kiefer left Watt with a few parting gifts.

    Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016 5:10am by Lori James

    New City Manager Rorie Watt has been on the job for just about a month, having taken over after Kim Kiefer retired at the end of April.

    Kiefer left Watt with a few parting gifts.

    "She left me a baseball dictionary and one of her father's ties, which was really sweet of her.", said Watt. "The card was a guy riding a motorcycle up in the air going through a ring of fire in the air and beneath it were a bunch of crocodiles with their mouths open and on top of the card it says, 'You got this!'"

    Action Line host Pete Carran asked Watt last week for his reaction to his first month as new city manager.

    "It's a lot but it's really invigorating, exciting, and there's a lot of opportunities to do great things for the community.", said Watt. "That keeps me going strong. Sometimes it's a little maddening, I've got to be honest, but the assembly is made up of nine citizens who work incredibly hard pouring their hearts, souls, and all their spare time into the community and really, at the end of the day, it's fun. It's easy to get caught up in the crisis of the moment, and I can tell you there's a crisis about every five minutes. But, I really think it's my duty and our duty to focus on the long haul and figure out where we can steer the community so that in twenty years the next generation is looking back, thankful for the decisions we made."

    Watt was a guest on Action Line Friday.

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