Atwater to hold special closed session Monday on 'transition' of city manager Wellman

Greg Wellman, Atwater city manager and former Merced County administrator
Greg Wellman, Atwater city manager and former Merced County administrator Merced Sun-Star

The Atwater City Council will hold a special closed session meeting Monday to discuss the impending retirement of City Manager Greg Wellman.

Wellman, 63, has served as Atwater's city manager since 2002.

While it's been known for some time that Wellman would leave city government when his contract expires this year, he confirmed it would be the topic of conversation at Monday's council meeting in an e-mail to city staff, which he also sent to the Sun-Star.

"I think most of you know I have planned this for some time, and originally had planned to stay four years or so," Wellman said. "This will mark around eight years and the time has gone like the blink of an eye."

In the e-mail Wellman said he looked forward to "a real opportunity to achieve a professional, orderly transition of leadership not often seen in these times."

Wellman said his contract expires Nov. 2, Election Day, but he would stay in the city office until as late as Jan. 1, 2011, if needed. He wasn't entirely sure what he'd do after a second retirement in his 44-year local government career.

"It will be almost 44 years of service. But I'm not going to quit," Wellman said. "I'm really going to stay involved, do some volunteer work. I'm going to open my own company. Maybe."

Wellman's also worked for the county as the UC Merced project coordinator, county administrator, director of the human services agency and assistant county administrator.

The council's special meeting will be at Atwater City Hall and will begin at 4 p.m.

Reporter Danielle E. Gaines can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or dgaines@mercedsun-star.com.