The Virginian-Pilot(Norfolk, VA.)
By Jillian Nolin
NORFOLK- Assistant City Manager Stanley Stein will retire after 39 years with the city, but he won’t actually settle into retirement anytime soon.
Stein will retire at the end of this month only to return part time in April as regional project coordinator. Stein will continue his role dealing with the proposals to redevelop Waterside and will also represent Norfolk’s interests at the Southeastern Public Service Authority and on the regional jail board, among other things.
“Maybe it’s time to just kind of slow down a little bit,” Stein said after Tuesday’s council meeting. “There was an opportunity that the city manager offered me to work part time so that I can keep a lifestyle I’d like to keep but give myself additional time to devote to my family.
“I thought after 39 years I kind of deserve that,” he added.
Stein’s salary is $167,965, but as a part-time employee, he will make about $56,000. He will also start drawing his retirement benefits, according to Stein.
The city, which has four assistant city managers, will not hire to replace Stein, according to Norfolk spokeswoman Lori Crouch.
His retirement was announced at the City Council’s informal session Tuesday.
“Stanley, you’ve been a great public servant. We’ve all learned a lot from you,” Mayor Paul Fraim said to Stein during the meeting.
A Norfolk native, Stein started working for the city in 1973 and rose through the ranks of the parks and recreation department. He was part of the development of the Consolidated Courts Complex, Ocean View Beach Park, Northside Park and Tarrallton Park, to name a few.
“Stanley will serve Norfolk well in this position,” City Manager Marcus Jones said in a news release. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to the table and I am confident he will provide the necessary leadership to further our strategic influence in the region.”
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