August 4, 2004


City Manager Resigns


Below is the actual resignation speech delivered by City Manager H. Dixon Flynn during the Tuesday, August 2, 2004 Council meeting:


“Today, I wish to inform the City Council that I am resigning as City Manager Friday, August 6th.  It has been my great pleasure to have served you the past 13 years.  I will use 2 ½ days of my accumulated leave beginning at noon tomorrow.  As such, this will be my last meeting with you.

It was with a heavy heart that earlier this year I announced this would be my last year as your City Manager.  It is again with a heavy heart that I say good-bye today.  I look forward to what challenges lie ahead for me and my family, as the good Lord sees fit.  It is hard to think that I will no longer work for the city in which my children grew up and attended school and that accepted my family with open arms in 1991.

My career in city government began 19 years ago on August 6th.  I see August 6th to be a most fitting day for me to leave city government.

I am proud to have lead the staff these past nine years.  Lodi is fortunate to have so many outstanding employees.  I want to thank all those employees that I have worked with over the past 13 years for their dedication and hard work.  The City of Lodi prospers in the tradition of what the founding fathers had hoped when the City was incorporated in 1906.

Lodi is more than a city.  It is a region.  People for miles around come to Lodi to go to school, to shop, to dine, to visit their doctor and to enjoy the amenities offered by the City.  This is a city surrounded by beautiful vineyards and orchards.  Business and industry have a safe harbor from a State intent on penalizing honest, hard-working businessmen and women.  And we have a downtown that is the envy of many surrounding cities.  I leave with my head held high knowing that it was a job well done.

I learned early from my father, military commanders, and from my bosses that when the person in charge said to take the “hill”, it was my job to get the job done and to motivate the people I lead.  We may not have seen eye to eye, but we always got the job done and did what was best for Lodi.

So I leave you this morning knowing that I did my very best to make Lodi a better place for people to work and live, to ensure open government and to have a city of which we can all be proud.  Although, I am not originally form Lodi, I proudly consider myself a Lodian.

I would also like to thank my wife Judy for her support and love these last 33 years.  Judy is a private person who devotes herself to her family and does not enjoy the public spotlight.  She has the patients of Job and a depth of understanding possessed by few and for this I love her and am devoted to her.

So God bless you and God bless the City of Lodi."