March 31 to be last day at work for 61-year-old

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Havelock City Manager smiles during the Havelock Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday night. Freeman announced to the board that he plans to retire on March 31.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 05:36 PM.

Havelock City Manager Jim Freeman announced Monday night that he would soon be retiring from the job he has held for the last seven years.

Freeman said in a letter to commissioners that his last day would be March 31.

"There was no magic reasoning behind that date other than it was in the planning process for probably a little over a year," Freeman said of his decision. "It’s a little bit hard. I spent almost 33 years in municipal government since the 1970s. After that amount of time, it’s time for somebody else to take the reins. I will always love Havelock and will always help Havelock out in anyway I can."

Freeman, who is 61 years old, took the oath of office in Havelock on Jan. 7, 2005. After his retirement becomes official, he plans on spending more time with family.

"Now we have a grandkid and hopefully trying to produce some more with my other kids," he said. "The other thing of concern is that all my life, the 30 some years, my wife has followed me around where I went. Her family’s in the Iredell County section and it’s probably time to get home with her parents not doing too well. They’re in the late 80s.

"We actually own a couple of acres up in that area so I think within the next couple of years we’ll probably be looking at building and moving that way to be closer to her family."

Freeman said he did not know if he would be involved in the process of picking his successor.

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