EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene's city manager announced his upcoming retirement on Thursday.
Jon Ruiz will retire Oct. 18. Public Works Director Sarah Medary will take over on an interim basis.
Ruiz was appointed city manager in April 2008 and is one of the longest-serving city managers the city has had, officials said.
"I have carefully considered the timing of this decision, and it is the right time to begin a new season," Ruiz said. "Working with the community, the Council and city employees we have accomplished a lot in nearly 12 years. To have worked with a team willing and able to say ' can do' to so much in so little time has been one of hte greates joys and privileges of my life."
Ruiz served as public works director and assistant city manager in Fresno, Calif., prior to coming to Eugene. He has also worked for the City of Ogden, Utah, and the City of Fort Collins, Colo.
He received an MBA from the University of Colorado in 1988 and is a retired U.S. Army Colonel.
“Jon has been an extraordinarily capable and steady hand on the helm of the city over the last decade,” said Mayor Lucy Vinis. “He is leaving the city in a strong position for the future and we truly appreciate his service to the community.”