Gary Cinder, who has been Oak Ridge public works director for 24 years and interim city manager twice, is retiring September 4.
Cinder has been in public service for 33 years. He could go to work in the private sector, possibly as a consultant.
“It’s time to try something new, something different,” Cinder told Oak Ridge City Council members on Tuesday.
Cinder was the lead staff member on locating, designing, and building the Oak Ridge Central Services Complex on Woodbury Lane. That building is used by the Oak Ridge Public Works Department, Oak Ridge Electric Department, and the school bus maintenance facility, among others.
Cinder has led a major effort to ensure that Oak Ridge complies with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency order that requires the city to repair all sewer system overflows by September 28. That work is mostly complete, and the city is in good shape, Cinder said. [Read more…]