Allan Orsen, Wayzata’s longest serving city manager, has announced that he will retire at the end of April, 2012, the month of his 65th birthday. He informed the city council of his decision at the end of the council’s annual retreat on August 25. Orsen began his career with the city 35 years ago as the city engineer. He was promoted to city manager in 1985 and has served in that position since then.
Mayor Ken Willcox said the council expects to hire a professional search firm to help the city find a replacement for Orsen. “Al has seen our city through many good years as well as several challenging ones,” the Mayor added. “We are extremely grateful to him. He leaves the city in excellent shape, and we appreciate his willingness to help us make this a smooth transition period.”
During Orsen’s tenure as city manager he has overseen a staff of more than 40 full-time employees and many part-time employees. He has also supervised the construction of major new city facilities, including the City Hall - Library complex, the Public Works building, and the recently completed municipal liquor store and restaurant. In fact, since he became city manager, almost every city-owned building and facility has been replaced.
In announcing his retirement, Orsen said, “It was not an easy decision to wrap up my 35-year career with Wayzata, but the timing is right for me and my family, as well as for the city.”