Larry Groth (City photo/file)
WACO (October 2, 2013)--Longtime Waco City Manager Larry Groth announced Wednesday that he plans to retire on March 1, 2014, ending a 34-year career with the city.
Groth has served as city manager since 2003.
He started his career in 1980 as city engineer and then served as director of the Cameron Park Zoo from 1995 until 2000 when he was promoted to assistant city manager.
Groth said he’s ready to spend more time with his family.
Waco Mayor Malcolm Duncan, Jr., wished Groth “all the best in hewing logs and straddling hogs,” in a statement Wednesday.
“While it will be impossible to replace him, he has left a platform and management structure that will benefit the City of Waco for a long, long time,” he said.
Groth played key roles in raising the pool level of Lake Waco, increasing the city’s water supply and the reconstruction of the Lake Brazos Dam, which forms Waco’s town lake.
He also oversaw the development of a regional athletic facility, a waterpark and of a facility that eliminated the enduring water taste and odor problems resulting from algae blooms in Lake Waco.
He helped foster stronger working relationships with investors and such institutions as Baylor University on projects such as the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative in the old General Tire building, the Mammoth Site, the River Walk, a master plan for downtown development and Baylor’s new on-campus football stadium.
He also was instrumental in developing a $63 million bond proposal that voters approved in 2007 that paid for two new fire stations, a new police building, renovation of the Waco Convention Center and improvements to parks, libraries and the Texas Ranger Museum.
He and Duncan scheduled a late afternoon news conference Wednesday.