Matt Horn said there were skeptics who didn’t think he’d last long as manager of this Ontario County city, that he’d jump ship when the next best thing came along.
That was nearly 10 years ago. And now, though he will be leaving the post for a new job, he will walk away as the second-longest-serving manager in the city’s history, behind only Orville Over, who served from 1964-84.
On Friday, Horn informed Mayor Ron Alcock, City Council members and his administration team that he is leaving the job, effective Jan. 12.
Horn, who succeeded Rich Rising as city manager, said he will be taking a job with a government consulting firm in Washington, D.C., that he’d rather not divulge at this time. He said he will be groomed to succeed a former mentor of his in a previous job.
“We have been talking for the last two months about the opportunity,” Horn said. “(It was) a great offer, great opportunity.”
City Manager Matt Horn’s full-statement to residents
Friends and Neighbors-
As you may have heard by now, I have accepted a new position, and will be leaving my post as City Manager in January.
The last decade has been one of tremendous growth in Geneva. Economically, we have seen our downtown revitalized, new business development along the Hamilton Street corridor, a burgeoning entrepreneurial scene, and the addition of hundreds of manufacturing, service, and retail jobs.
Our growth has been much, much more than financial. Our community has grown together. The Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center was launched, and has worked for the last 8 years on building pride in our neighborhoods, and activating scores of neighbors to support each other and beautify their respective corners of the City. Our lakefront is a point of regional pride; a civic jewel that serves as our collective backyard. We have taken a stand on the environment-joining our regional neighbors to fend off those who would do Seneca Lake harm, and working to create opportunities to divert material from the region’s landfills.
Now we come to a new crossroads. Your City Council, and the City’s management team have a full slate of projects and programs that are going to continue to drive Geneva toward our vision; serving as a model for all small cities in New York and beyond. These folks are among the most engaged, creative, and active servant leaders I have ever had the pleasure to serve alongside.
While I will miss working on your behalf at City Hall, I will treasure the memories and the rewards for all of our hard work. You have made Geneva a community of choice-a destination for people seeking to live in a vibrant, thoughtful community. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as your City Manager for the last ten years. I know Geneva is on a trajectory toward greatness; one that will be realized in short order thanks to the hard work of so many dedicated leaders, staff, and most importantly, you.
Please continue driving toward the community’s laudable and achievable vision. I will be rooting for you, and Geneva will always be my hometown.