Upper Arlington City Manager Virginia Barney has decided to retire effective Dec. 31, 2011.

Upper Arlington City Manager Virginia Barney has decided to retire effective Dec. 31, 2011.

According to a release Tuesday, Nov. 23, Barney, who has been the city manager for 10 years, said it is time for her to spend more time with her family.

"This is a wonderful community in which to live, and it has been an honor for me to play such an instrumental role in both the day-to-day operations and in shaping our collective plans for the future," Barney said. "However, the city manager position requires 24/7 focus, often with long and irregular hours, and I am at a stage in my life where I wish to focus more time and attention on my family. Therefore, it is with mixed emotions that I have informed city council and my staff of my decision."

She said she plans to remain "fully committed to the community and the health of the organization in the coming year."

Prior to serving as city manager of Upper Arlington, Barney served two terms on city council, during which she was mayor for two years.

She also served two years as the Franklin County Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas.