Raleigh assistant city manager Dan Howe to retire

ccampbell@newsobserver.comMay 2, 2014 

Dan Howe

CITY OF RALEIGH

— After nearly 30 years working for Raleigh, assistant city manager Dan Howe announced his retirement Friday amid efforts to reorganize city administration.

Howe, 58, has held the position since 2004 and helped preside over downtown’s revitalization and a decade of growth for the city. He said he’d been considering retirement for awhile and timed his departure with changes in the manager’s office.

City Manager Ruffin Hall, who started last November, plans to add two more assistant city managers, each overseeing specific city departments. He plans to fill those positions this summer.

“I felt like it’s a good opportunity to give Ruffin a chance to craft his team around him,” Howe said.

Howe joined city hall in 1985 as a city planner and held four other positions as he rose through the ranks. In recent years, he has worked on plans to reopen Fayetteville Street and build a new convention center.

“I’ve been incredibly proud to be involved with the downtown renaissance,” he said. “We’ve created an incredible city.”

Last fall, Howe led a task force of nonprofit leaders and business owners to develop a plan for feeding the homeless and indigent in Moore Square. He’s the third high-ranking administrator to depart since longtime city manager Russell Allen’s firing last year.

Campbell: 919-829-4802; Twitter: @RaleighReporter

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