County Manager Retirement Celebration
Just days after agreeing on a new county manager, Alachua County officials came out to say goodbye to the manager who is leaving.
In a special retirement party at the Hippodrome State Theater, both county and city of Gainesville officials came out to offer their well-wishes to acting County Manager Rick Drummond.
He put in more than 40 years of public service, 13 in Alachua County.
Thursday night's event featured food, music, and a handful of speakers who reflected on Drummond's time at the county.
Drummond says he's humbled by the outpouring of support. "I'm absolutely overwhelmed. You do this work, you get into public service, you want to make a difference, you don;t always know whether you do or not. I'm just so appreciative of everything that everyone has done," said Drummond.
Drummond came to Alachua County in 2000 as the Growth Management Director.
In 2007, he became assistant county manager and was later appointed acting manager after the departure of Randall Reid.
Drummond says he plans to stay in Gainesville and spend more time with his wife.
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