Clayton Lloyd To Retire....
The city has released the media announcement, that long time department head Clayton Lloyd will retire at the end of 2007. The media announcement can be read here.
I know a lot of folks don't really care for anybody at City Hall. But if you know Clayton, you know a really good guy that has a great deal of integrity. Modest by all means, the guy brings his lunch to work every day and irons his own shirts. Modest, frugal and a hell of a runner. He is the proud father of two boys I believe, one presently serving in the Marines.
I am not sure the position "Director of Community Development" was the best fit for Clayton. But as a skilled bureaucrat, Clayton lead a department that oversaw a great deal of day to day responsibilities.
As local governments continue to trend more towards the expectations found with-in private organizations, folks like Clayton are highly needed. Understanding the function and responsibilities of government and helping the private sector relate is no easy task.
It will be interesting watching the replacement process. Since Malin has been with the city, department head openings have occured in Police, Human Resources, Legal, Finance and Parks. And in four of the five, he promoted with-in. And if you look at Bladel, he was originally with the DPD, so you could make a case for 5 of 5.
Personally, with the changes going on in D1 as well as QC Development, I believe it's a great oppurtunity to bring someone from the outside well suited for the emerging realities of a community of our size.
Congrat's to Mr. Lloyd, your a hell of a guy that will leave a significant mark on the organization and community at large.