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Waco City Manager plans to retire in 2014

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The Waco City Manager has let the Waco City Council and Waco Management Team know that he plans to retire March 1, 2014.

Larry D. Groth, P.E., has served with the City of Waco for 34 years. He began his career with the City of Waco in 1980. He was hired as a city engineer and then served as Director of the Cameron Park Zoo in 1995, until he was promoted to Assistant City Manager in 2000.

Groth has indicated that he is ready to spend more time with his family.

He became the City Manager of Waco on April 21, 2003. Groth's engineering experience helped him develop and build numerous economic development projects in Waco, as well as help with Waco water projects.

"It has been a great pleasure to work with Larry over the last three years as council member, citizen and now mayor. I have the utmost respect for his professionalism and his unique ability to take public service to a higher, more rewarding level. While it will be impossible to replace him, he has left a platform and management structure that will benefit the city of Waco for a long, long time," said Mayor Malcolm Duncan.

"From the bottom of our hearts, we thank him for all he has done so selflessly for the betterment of our city, our citizens and our future. We wish him all the best in hewing logs and straddling hogs."

Groth established a working relationship with community partners, such as Baylor University, who are working to change Downtown Waco and the Brazos River Corridor.

Possibly one of his biggest projects, was the development and passage of the 2007 $63 million bond election. It provided two new fire stations, park and library improvements, a new police facility, Ranger Museum improvements, and a total renovation of the Waco Convention Center.

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