Paul Schlesinger | Reporter
After helping to keep the city financially afloat during the Great Recession, Clovis City Manager Rob Woolley is set to retire by the end of the year.
The announcement was made during the city council meeting on Oct. 3. During which, it was also announced that Luke Serpa, the public utilities director, would become the interim city manager on Dec. 31.
Woolley’s career with Clovis has spanned 30 years, in the positions of deputy finance director, finance director and the last six years as city manager.
During his time as city manager, Woolley didn’t just help to keep Clovis financially stronger each year, he was also involved with several projects including a new police and fire headquarters and a water treatment plant.
Future projects also bare his fingerprints, including a new county library, Clovis Senior Activity Center and the Harry Armstrong Transit Center.
Clovis Mayor Nathan Magsig made the initial announcement in the council chambers and spoke about the city manager’s ability to balance fiscal responsibility with providing quality services to city residents.
“Rob Woolley provided steadfast leadership in Clovis for over 30 years,” Magsig said. “As the finance director and city manager, he has seen the city through an economic slowdown while maintaining excellent services for the citizens of Clovis.”
Mayor Pro Tem Bob Whalen spoke about how Woolley came to take on the role of city manager through challenging times.
“Through the Great Recession, we really needed Rob as our city manager,” Whalen said. “Coming to this position from the finance department, he gave us the steady hand we needed during those tough economic times.”
Whalen went on to talk about how it wasn’t just about keeping the city in steady footing, but it was also about the people.
“But it was never just about the numbers with him,” Whalen said. “He always valued people. Whether you were a citizen, a city employee, or just someone passing through, Rob thought about how he could steward the day-to-day management of the city to make sure the vision of Clovis remained alive.”
In a formal letter to the city council, Woolley talked about his accomplishments during his time with the city. He also took the time to thank the ones he’s worked with through his time as city manager.
“It has been my utmost pleasure working with you, the council, and thank you for the confidence you placed in me when you appointed me as city manager,” Woolley said.
He closed the letter with a perspective toward the end of his work for the city.
“As I look back on my career with the city of Clovis, I can smile and truly say I am proud to have been part of the continued success of Clovis,” Woolley said.