Longtime Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said Monday that she plans to retire by the end of 2011.

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Longtime Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said Monday that she plans to retire by the end of 2011.

Steamboat's deputy city manager plans to retire by year-end

DuBord to make formal statement later

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— Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts is back on the job full-time at City Hall after a January skiing accident and has many reasons — family, friends and career, for example — to continue his recovery and maintain good health.

But there’s another reason: The city’s reliable backup won’t always be there.

Longtime Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said Monday that she plans to retire by the end of 2011. She said no definite date is set and no formal plans have been made, though word of her pending retirement is making the rounds.

“That’s a rumor that I started myself some time ago,” DuBord acknowledged with a laugh. “I have been proposing to retire for quite some time; when that’s going to be exactly, I don’t know.

“Definitely by the end of the year,” she continued. “Those are my plans, unless something changes drastically.”

She said she’ll work with colleagues to reach a fixed retirement date and then make a formal announcement, possibly in the next two months.

She was hired by the city in 1993 and named deputy city manager in 1998. DuBord served as interim city manager for seven months in 2006, then again for the past six months of 2008. Roberts was hired in January 2009.

Steamboat’s adventurous city manager had a skydiving accident in May 2009, though, again placing DuBord in a leadership role. She also served as interim city manager after Roberts’ accident Jan. 2, until his return late last month.

Calling DuBord a reliable backup, though, falls well short of the full story.

DuBord has a hand, directly or indirectly, in most projects, ordinances and initiatives that come through City Hall and Steamboat Springs City Council. She also represents Steamboat through numerous statewide events and groups, developing an array of governmental relationships and a depth of institutional knowledge.

After 18 years of work for Steamboat, DuBord said the time to call it a career is coming.

“I’m definitely planning on it,” she said. “I just want to make sure the time is right for the city and right for me.”

Comments

steamboatsprings 3 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Wendy for all of your efforts to make Steamboat a better place for all of us not to mention for being so great to work with.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 3 months ago

Why cannot she simply become acting retired deputy city manager while also performing the job of deputy city manager?

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Jon Quinn 3 years, 3 months ago

I want to echo George's comments. Wendy is a huge asset to the City of Steamboat and those who have worked with her know that is an understatement. Thank you for your leadership through some challenging times, thank you for your friendship, and thank you for everything you do for our community. Have fun Wendy!

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Erik Dargevics 3 years, 3 months ago

Wendy has been a great contributor to our community who we all should thank for her efforts.

Today is a new world, not friendly, more reality, of what needs to be done rather than what others want to be done at others expense.

The good news is when we are out of money fund for courthouses and city halls, forget about bike paths and recreation centers.

Buy some swat team gear.

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