LACEY - Lacey City Manager Greg Cuoio will retire effective June 30, saying he's leaving the city in good condition and has a "profound sense of gratitude" for the people he's worked with over the years.
Cuoio, who has served as city manager since 1987, made the announcement during Thursday’s council meeting but said he informed council and staff members of his decision earlier in the week.
“It’s really been an honor and a privilege to work in this great community for such a long time,” he said.
After the meeting, Cuoio, 62, said he always envisioned retiring when he was 60 and was confident leaving now, citing Lacey’s financial stability, growing parks and low crime rate.
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During his address to the council, Cuoio praised the city’s ideals of accountability, fiscal discipline and financial stability, saying the staff and council have helped make Lacey a model community.
After Cuoio’s remarks, the council praised his hard work, vision and leadership.
First to speak was Mayor Tom Nelson, who began his remarks with one word: “Wow.”
“We love you, and we’ve appreciated all the wonderful work you’ve done,” he said.
Council member Andy Ryder said he was shocked upon hearing the news earlier in the week. He said Cuoio has been a driving force in supporting the notion of thinking big for the future of Lacey.
“You’ll be missed and there’s a lot of big things ahead for the city, and I’m confident this council will rise to the occasion and continue the great work you set before us,” Ryder said.
Assistant City Manager Scott Spence said Cuoio’s departure will be an “extraordinary loss for the city.”
“He has set a standard for serving Lacey residents that is second to none,” Spence said.
Cuoio has nearly 40 years of history in public service. He previously worked for the cities of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Kennewick, according to Lacey’s website.
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