Camas city administrator announces plans for retirement

Lloyd Halverson was hired in 1989

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Lloyd Halverson

The only person to serve as Camas city administrator has announced his plans to retire.

Lloyd Halverson, who has been the city’s top administrator for 23 years, revealed his decision publicly during the annual planning conference on Friday.

In an emotional statement, he said he will retire from his full-time duties as of early fall 2012, at which time he said he would be open to working for the city on a part-time basis through March 2013. During this time he would assist with the transition to a new city administrator, obtain outside funding for capital projects, be a legislative advocate for the city, assist with property acquisitions and perform other tasks assigned by Mayor Scott Higgins.

“I fully support this plan,” Higgins said. “Though honestly my heart breaks for this change, it is the right way at the right time.”

Halverson, 65, was hired as the city’s first administrator in May 1989 by then-Mayor Nan Henriksen to fill the newly created position. He previously worked for seven years as the city manager in Independence, Ore. He has also been executive director for a private non-profit organization in California and early in his professional life spent two years as a high school teacher in California.

Halverson said the decision to retire was difficult.

“It’s been an incredible opportunity.”

Read the full story in the Jan. 31 print edition of the Post-Record.