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Vancouver’s city manager announces retirement

February 27, 2024

After 17 years of service to the City of Vancouver, City Manager Eric Holmes has announced his retirement today, effective Oct. 11.

During his time as city manager, Holmes has been instrumental in leading initiatives and projects that have positively impacted the city and its residents. These projects include the development of Vancouver’s waterfront and the continued work to create the Heights District. Holmes also focused on the development and structure of the City’s workforce to ensure the organization is resilient and ready for the community’s continued growth.

“My 17 years with the City – 14 as City Manager – have been the most rewarding of my career,” said Holmes. “I have had the honor of working with multiple generations of elected leadership, exceptional talent across the City organization and built partnerships with community. I still have a lot to accomplish over the next several months and intend to see this work through.”

Under his leadership, the City has become known for transformative approaches to affordable housing, transportation planning, addressing homelessness and evolving community expectations related to policing and public safety.

“We are sad to see Eric retire, but are grateful for his steadfast commitment to our community for the last 14 years as our city manager,” said Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle. “The Council and I have appreciated his perspective and counsel; he has been an invaluable advisor to us and City staff. He has served Vancouver with integrity and dedication.”

The City Council has formed a subcommittee to lead a national search for the next City Manager. More details about the search will be released at a later date. Vancouver operates under a council-manager form of government where the City Council appoints a City Manager to serve as the city’s chief executive.

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