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Sherwoods city manager says goodbye

Ross Schultz has spent eight months defending the city's treatment of its former police chief, but now he is ready to retire
by: , Ross Schultz

Sherwood's top official is stepping down.

City Manager Ross Schultz said Thursday, Jan. 3, that he will retire in August.

"…It has been my deepest privilege to serve this City and serve you as its employee's (sic)," Schultz wrote in an email to city staff on Thursday. "I leave knowing what a great management team is in place to help you continue to carry on that good work you do so well."

Schultz, who became Sherwood's city manager in the summer of 2001, told city councilors about his retirement plans during a council meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

"Upon my announcement, council was nice enough to relay several kudos to me," Schultz told his staff. "However, I know whom that kudos really belong to ... It was not I that built $50 million in infrastructure, nor was it I that operated a $20 million a year business on a daily basis to serve nearly 17,000 people. You, the staff, should take the credit, as you are the ones that have pushed this city from good toward great!"

Schultz has often commented that running the city of Sherwood was, for him, like being the chief executive of a $100 million corporation.

Schultz came to Sherwood as the city's finance director in 2000 after working as the financial chief for the Port of Portland. He spent a brief time as the city's assistant city manager and interim city manager before taking over as city manager in the mid-2001.

Schultz' name has often been at the center of breaking news this year - first for being at the center of a 1½-year-long investigation by the state election division over a flyer sent out by the city of Sherwood before an election that gave Sherwood the authority to use the Willamette River as a drinking water source.

Election officials said the flyer "raised red flags on impartiality" and fined Schultz $175.

Then, in mid-May, Sherwood's former police chief, Bill Middleton, filed a federal complaint against the city of Sherwood and Schultz in particular for violating his rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act, which protects the jobs of people serving in the military.

But Schultz said Thursday that he has nothing but confidence in the rest of Sherwood's management.

"I know that with the group of professionals that manage this operation, my absence will hardly be felt and transition to a new manager will be nearly seamless," Schultz said.