Minot city manager David Waind announced Tuesday that he will retire next spring after more than 35 years with the city.
"It has been both an honor and a privilege for me to serve the City of Minot in various positions over the past four decades," Waind said in a letter to the mayor. He served a six-month internship in 1974, returning full-time as city clerk in April of 1979. He was promoted to assistant city manager with both city clerk and human resource director responsibilities in 1986. He became city manager on March 31, 1997. He will retire at the end of March 2014.
The city's human resource officer has begun the process of outlining a search and hiring procedure for a new city manager in hope of completing the process before Waind's departure.
Mayor Curt Zimbelman said the city will try to find the right replacement who can help Minot through its post-flood recovery.
"He's been good for the city," he said of Waind. "He's a real gentleman about how he handles things."
City council president Jim Hatlelid said Waind's many years of experience will be hard to replace.
"He's got a lot of history that we will miss," he said.
In his letter to the mayor, Waind reflected on his career with the city.
"I have had the good fortune of working with excellent elected city leadership, including six mayors," he wrote. He served with Chet Reiten, Tom Lee, George Christensen, Orlin Backes, Carroll Erickson and Zimbelman. He worked for city managers John Arnold and Bob Schempp and came to know former city manager Vern Fahy.
"Moreover, I have been very fortunate to have worked with 35 talented men and women who served the city as department heads during these years. Furthermore, I also wish to express my appreciation to the hundreds of hard-working city employees who provided dedicated service during this time," he wrote.