Pickerington officials announced today, June 1, that City Manager Bill Vance has decided to leave.

Vance, Pickerington’s city manager since June 2010, left office effective May 31, according to a press release from the city issued at 4:52 p.m. June 1.

Vance didn't return calls for comment, but when asked via text message where he was going, he responded, "No destination to report at this time."

He did comment in the news release, though.

“My eight years in Pickerington has been, by far, my greatest professional experience ever throughout my 24-year local government management career,” Vance said in the release. “I have worked for no better mayor than Lee Gray and I have sincerely appreciated the support of the City Council and the results-driven Pickerington city staff.

“Pickerington is in fantastic financial shape, new investments and additional income taxes keep pouring in and the city’s future remains bright.

“So now seemed like a good time for me to pursue new local government experiences elsewhere, knowing that the city of Pickerington is in great shape and in the hands of dedicated and successful leaders.”

Gray praised Vance for his successes.

“Bill Vance has done an exceptional job during his time as Pickerington’s city manager and he is one of the largest parts of the city’s successes over the past eight years,” Gray said in a press statement. “It has been an honor working alongside him and I wish him nothing, but the best going forward in his career.”

Pickerington services director Ed Drobina will serve as the acting city manager until an interim is appointed, the release stated.

The release also stated the city will soon begin the search for Vance’s full-time replacement.

Read the full story in the June 7 edition of ThisWeek.

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