Atwater manager will step down

Greg Wellman, Atwater's city manager since 2002, is preparing to leave the city when his contract expires in November. He has worked in local government for 44 years, including serving as Merced County's chief executive and project coordinator for early efforts to develop the University of California at Merced. The City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss how it wants to search for Wellman's successor.