WACO (February 24, 2014)--A retirement reception will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday to honor retiring Waco City Manager Larry Groth.
Groth is stepping down after more than a decade as city manager and more than 30 years with the city.
His retirement, which he announced last fall, becomes effective on Saturday.
Residents are invited to attend the reception at the Waco Convention Center. (Nichole Perez)
WACO (February 24, 2014) Waco City Manager Larry Groth presided over his final staff meeting Monday as he prepares to retire effective Saturday.
Groth announced his retirement last fall.
Deputy City Manager Dale Fisseler will succeed him.
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.
“I grew up here so Waco's my life and I just wanted to make sure the transition was seamless,” he said Monday.
“I wanted to choose my time and I wanted to make sure the organization was financially stable and had great leadership in place,” 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.
Groth said he’s looking forward to spending more time with his family as he begins a new chapter in his life.
“I spent a lot of time working and (at) late night meetings with my kids growing up and probably missed some things I shouldn’t have missed,” he said.