Retiring city manager Freeman honored at event

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

“You have been great for this city and you’ve show us a lot about what can be done and how we can work together as an organization, so I thank you for that.”

Freeman made a point of thanking former Havelock mayor George Griffin, who was responsible for hiring him.

“You gave me a great opportunity, and if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be standing here today,” Freeman told him. “I really appreciate that.”

Freeman said he had many people to thank, including his wife Sheila and other family members who attended the retirement dinner.

He was credited with several city projects, such as upgrades to the water plant, construction of the West End Fire Station and the 9/11 Memorial, purchases of fire trucks and ambulances and improvements to the sewer plant.

He said while the list of accomplishments during his tenure as city manager is great, those accomplishments were not his.

“There’s so many people that I have to thank,” he said. “It’s not just Jim Freeman. It’s the organization and the people we have in the community that has made it successful the past few years. ... Those people on the front lines, they have made the city great, and it’s been a pleasure to work with them.”

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