Geneva City Manager Matt Horn announced Friday he will leave the job in January to take a new job with a government consulting firm in Washington, D.C.
Horn says the opportunity came up a couple of months ago, his last day with the city will be January 12th.
Horn was hired in July 2008. He is the second-longest serving city manager. Orville Over served as the city manager from 1964 to 1984.
Statement from Matt Horn-
Friends and Neighbors-
As you may have heard by now, I have accepted a new position, and will be leaving my post as City Manager in January.
The last decade has been one of tremendous growth in Geneva. Economically, we have seen our downtown revitalized, new business development along the Hamilton Street corridor, a burgeoning entrepreneurial scene, and the addition of hundreds of manufacturing, service, and retail jobs.
Our growth has been much, much more than financial. Our community has grown together. The Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center was launched, and has worked for the last 8 years on building pride in our neighborhoods, and activating scores of neighbors to support each other and beautify their respective corners of the City. Our lakefront is a point of regional pride; a civic jewel that serves as our collective backyard. We have taken a stand on the environment-joining our regional neighbors to fend off those who would do Seneca Lake harm, and working to create opportunities to divert material from the region’s landfills.
Now we come to a new crossroads. Your City Council, and the City’s management team have a full slate of projects and programs that are going to continue to drive Geneva toward our vision; serving as a model for all small cities in New York and beyond. These folks are among the most engaged, creative, and active servant leaders I have ever had the pleasure to serve alongside.
While I will miss working on your behalf at City Hall, I will treasure the memories and the rewards for all of our hard work. You have made Geneva a community of choice-a destination for people seeking to live in a vibrant, thoughtful community. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as your City Manager for the last ten years. I know Geneva is on a trajectory toward greatness; one that will be realized in short order thanks to the hard work of so many dedicated leaders, staff, and most importantly, you.
Please continue driving toward the community’s laudable and achievable vision. I will be rooting for you, and Geneva will always be my hometown.