Retiring city manager Freeman honored at event

Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 04:12 PM.

The event featured a dinner in his honor as well as a slideshow presentation and various video clips from city staff, one of which jokingly talked about the elaborate vacations and cars Freeman had provided for them over the years.

Cindy Morgan presented a gift on behalf of the city staff, a gift that was purposely packaged with pink paper to represent the all-female staff.

“It’s hard to work in a building full of women,” she joked.

 Joking aside, a number of those attending thanked Freeman for his work and dedication to Havelock.

“One of the best jobs I’ve done as a city commissioner in 10 years is hire Jim Freeman,” Havelock commissioner Danny Walsh said. “I hired him for two reasons: One is that he had a dog named Cisco, and anybody who knows us knows we like dogs, and the other was his ethics. He had stood up for one of his employees and lost his job, standing up for one of his employees, and I said that’s my kind of man.”

Commissioner George Liner thanked Freeman for helping him as a new board member.

“You’ve been a friend and a mentor, and I’m sorry to see you leave,” Liner told him. “You taught me a lot. I came in as a hot head, and you settled me down quite a bit.

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