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February 13, 2007 > City manager to retire

City manager to retire

The City of Hayward announced today that City Manager Jesús Armas will be ending his long and distinguished career at the conclusion of the current fiscal year. Armas has been associated with Hayward for nearly twenty years, initially as assistant city manager, then as city manager since 1993. He is the longest-tenured city manager in the greater Tri-City Area. Armas plans to start a private consulting business.

Originally intending to leave in April, Armas agreed to delay his departure until June at the request of the mayor and city council. Mayor Mike Sweeney says, "The city council and I want to thank and congratulate Jesús on his long and successful career as Hayward's City Manager. He has many accomplishments he can point to with pride. Jesus and his family have become an important and integral part of our community. His commitment to Hayward, not just as a place to work, but also as a community to live in and raise a family, is deeply appreciated and respected by us all. We wish Jesús well in his future endeavors."

"It is with mixed emotions that I prepare to leave this organization," Armas said, noting that Hayward is a great city, with truly dedicated employees, and residents who care about the welfare of their community. "With the support and leadership of dedicated elected officials, I have been fortunate to help implement a number of significant changes, changes which, in my opinion, have made Hayward a better place in which to live and work," he said.

Although Armas will be leaving his post as city manager, he will not be leaving Hayward. He plans to continue to reside in the community, along with his wife, Jeanne Duarte-Armas, Glassbrook Elementary School's principal, and their two children, Armando and Allegra.

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