Retiring city manager Freeman honored at event

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Retiring Havelock City Manager Jim Freeman smiles in a rocking chair in front of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine he was presented at a retirement party held in his honor on Monday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center. Freeman is retiring after eight years as Havelock city manager.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 04:12 PM.

Jim Freeman admits that he doesn’t jog so well anymore. He describes it as more of a wobble.

That’s why the former college track athlete was all smiles as he received a bike as one of his retirement gifts Monday at a retirement party at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

“That will be a help for my knees,” he said.

Though the bike will come in handy, the gift that left Freeman stunned the most was a presentation of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest honor presented through the governor’s office to those who have demonstrated a lifetime of service to North Carolina.

“Unbelievable,” Freeman said, shaking his head.

Freeman is retiring after eight years as Havelock’s city manager but more than 30 years in public service. He said he didn’t start out to be a city manager but that he was glad his career choice worked out the way it did.

“I wanted to be a P.E. instructor,” Freeman said. “When I figured out my sophomore or junior year that I ain’t going to make money being a teacher, I decided to become a geographer and planner.”



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