Swope makes retirement date official

Juneau City Manager Rod Swope has made it official – he’s retiring for good on March 31, 2012.

Swope already retired from the city once, more than two years ago. At the time, the CBJ Assembly unsuccessfully went through the process of trying to find a replacement. Swope took six months off, and agreed to come back and work on a two year contract. Now he says he’ll stay on a little longer than that.

“That two year time would have been up at the end of this month, at the end of October. But I’ve agreed to stay on through the end of March,” says Swope.

That means he’ll be stepping down in the middle of the city’s biennial budget process. Swope generally puts the budget together early in the calendar year. The assembly then holds hearings on it during March and April, and approves it – with changes – in May or June.

The assembly is scheduled to hold its annual retreat tomorrow (Tuesday), where the topic of recruiting a new city manager will be on the agenda.