City Manager Bryan Woods sent this message to city employees Monday night:
We came together last Veterans Day to recognize this organization’s commitment to not only employing veterans but also to how our civilians willingly take on additional duties to allow coworkers to serve their country. That day and the service and support that are at the core of our organization are foremost in my mind as I write this message to you.
Some of you may know that in addition to getting to serve alongside you in this great organization, I’m an officer in the United States Navy Reserve. Late in 2019, I was informed I’d be recalled to active duty to mobilize with my unit. While the dates of my departure and return are fluid, I can tell you that I’ll be leaving in the next few months for training and won’t return until sometime in early 2021. The City Council and the Executive Management Team have been made aware and I can’t say enough about how supportive everyone has been. I’d certainly not have chosen to deploy less than two years after joining you here, but I’m proud to get to serve our community in another way and do the job that I’ve been trained for.
My main goal in sending this email is to make sure you hear this from me prior to it becoming public information and to assure you that we’ll continue to strategically and deliberately transition my duties to the others in the City Manager’s Office before my departure. I truly believe we run this organization as a team and I’m excited to see the outstanding things you’ll accomplish in my absence.
This city and our organization couldn’t be more fortunate than to have the leadership we do, and I’m confident it will shine in the months to come. We’re also in a time of transition with a search for a new fire chief underway, a search for a new police chief beginning soon, and the opportunity to fill the vacant assistant city manager position. I intend for these key personnel to be selected before I leave and that they will add to the leadership capacity we have as an organization. As I’m able, I’ll continue to be engaged with the Council, Deputy City Manager Jeff Capps, Assistant City Manager Jeff Kersten, the CMO, and the rest of the organization to assist in any way I can, even after I’ve left for duty.
In closing, I again thank the Council, the community, and all of you for your support as I prepare for my deployment. I know others will step up to take on additional responsibilities in my absence, and I’m truly grateful for the support this organization and community provides for service members and veterans.
I look forward to pushing towards numerous organizational accomplishments in the next few months and returning to work with you again soon.
One City, One Team.
Bryan C. Woods, City Manager
– Public Communications Office