SOUTHINGTON – Town Manager Garry Brumback, who, on Tuesday, announced his plan to retire next February, said that he didn’t want to “put the community through the trials and tribulations of a manager looking for a job.”
Brumback said that his retirement came out of a desire to be with his 85-year-old father, who lives in his home state of Florida. Brumback said that his father had come up to visit for the past two weeks and had been in good health, but that he didn’t want to “wait until a problem occurs.”
“It was an amazing time - but we have limited time,” he said. “His visit reinforced to me that I should be spending more time with him while we are both young enough to enjoy it. My wife and I reached this decision together.”
Brumback said that he has “more respect for the community” than to have them worried about when he is going to leave.
“I’m proud of what I’ve done here, and it is definitely the highlight of my career,” he said. “But it is time for me to move on.”
Brumback vowed to give Southington his best effort right up through his last day.
“I will be talking to my department heads to make sure that they are as prepared as they are able to be for the state budget,” he said. “I will give the community 100 percent like they have for me.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.