After 22 years with the City of Kelowna, the last 11 as city manager, Ron Mattiussi called it a career Thursday.
Mattiussi, who came to Kelowna from Edmonton in 1996 to take over as city’s planning director, sat in on his last council meeting Monday and many city staff members packed the gallery to give him a standing ovation.
Mattiussi said he will not likely back in city hall too often after he retires, preferring to leave the running of the city to others and not cast a shadow over his replacement.
“I probably will be a stranger,” he said. “I’ll let you guys move on, and somebody else pick up the torch.”
He said it has been an honour working for the city and he paid tribute to the staff he has worked with, calling them the best in the country.
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