Normally a serious bunch, Delaware’s City Council and staff members donned Groucho glasses as they bid a fond farewell to a fellow employee, paying homage to his spectacles and mustache.
Allen Rothermel received a proclamation for his years of service from Delaware Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle on April 14. For the past 10 years, Rothermel has served as the city’s Assistant City Manager; Parks and Recreation Director; and Public Works Director.
“At each position, Allen worked to ensure the highest quality of government services to the city, successfully utilizing his management background and considerable experience to accomplish important projects that have great impact on City operations and overall quality of life,” Riggle said.
During his decade in Delaware, Rothermel “advocated for equipment re-investment that improves our streets and makes refuse collection more efficient, he oversaw multi-million dollar improvements to our busiest City parks, and helped plan for and carry out a first-of-its-kind merger with the YMCA in which the YMCA operates City recreation programs,” Riggle said.
“He really helped us a lot here,” said City Manager Tom Homan.
Rothermel was also a fixture at hours-long city meetings.
“Allen accomplished all of this with a collegial personal style, marked by humor, and a pleasant attitude,” Riggle said.
Rothermel said he is retiring after 30 years in public service, but will stay in Delaware. At last month’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, he said, “It’s been a pleasure. I’m not sure what the next chapter will be, but I won’t be too far away.”