City Manager Amy Planck and city DDA Director Monica Irelan discuss business at City Hall. photo by Tom Wearing.
March 24, 2010
IMLAY CITY — Citing a "window of opportunity," Amy Planck is retiring as city manager, effective June 30, 2010.
The lifetime resident and veteran city official informed city commissioners of her intentions on March 16.
A 1970 graduate of Imlay City High School, Planck honed her municipal skills as city clerk from 1990-1999. She was hired as city manager on Jan. 19, 1999, and has overseen municipal operations ever since.
On Friday, Planck said she has been planning for retirement and the right time and opportunity had presented itself.
"It's been part of my long term plans for awhile," says Planck. "You plan for this day. I'm eligible to retire and I've decided I want to do it.
"On a personal level I know it will be hard," she says. "This job has been my identity for a long time. I've worked hard on behalf of the city and I will miss it a lot."
While the state's economic woes continue to strap many municipalities, Planck says Imlay City stands on a firm financial footing.
"Our city commissions were exercising fiscal responsibility even before this (economic) downturn," says Planck. "We've been cutting back for the past several years and saving money in anticipation of this crunch."
For that reason and others, Planck believes her successor will find the city in a strong position for future growth.
She credits the support of current and former department heads and her fellow staff at the city hall.
"I've been surrounded by competent people on our commissions, our departments and our office staff," she says. "They have been very supportive and progressive, and that's been helpful."
While she may be ready to release the reins on city government, Planck says she'll be taking a hands-on approach to retirement.
"I'm not planning on going home and sitting in a rocking chair," she says. "I want to take the extra time to finish my master's degree (in Public Administration) and maybe do some consulting work.
"I may even run for city commission," she quipped. "I'll be keeping busy."
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.