By BRIAN KELLY
ARLINGTON — Citing personal and professional reasons, Thomas Myers will step down from the city administrator’s post at the end of the year.
Myers, who came aboard after serving as city administrator in Lake Stevens, has been Arlington’s administrator since April 1986.
"The time was right for me to move on to other challenges at this stage of my career," Myers said in a written statement. "I have enjoyed helping the city of Arlington grow and become the kind of organization that it is today.
"I’ll always have special memories of the city and especially its employees," he concluded.
Details of the administrator’s severance package were not immediately available.
During Myers’ tenure, Arlington has grown from roughly 3,300 residents to more than 10,600. City staff also has grown from 42 to 105 people.
City officials said the split was amicable. Mayor Bob Kraski said Myers had been an asset to the city and praised his years of service.
"This one’s a tough one," said Kristin Hanson, assistant city administrator. "It’s very sad to see him go.
"Especially for me," she said. "He’s been a wonderful person to work for, and l’ve learned so much from him in just a short two years."
Myers had been working for Arlington under a four-year contract that was scheduled to expire in summer 2001. The job pays approximately $90,000 a year, plus benefits.
Arlington will advertise for a new city administrator, but a schedule has not been set for picking a replacement. Hanson will take over the bulk of Myers’ administrative duties in the interim.