WACO, Texas — Waco City Manger Wiley Stem III is set to retire after 44 years in the position with the city.

His last day will be in either July or August as an official date has not been set.

The city council will hold a special meeting May 23 to discuss the position, interview Deputy City Manager Bradley Ford and have a resolution on the agenda to consider hiring him to fill the city manager position after Stem retires.

Stem informed Waco City Council of his retirement plans May 19 and the city's management team May 20. 

He began his career with the City of Waco in 1976 and served in various positions including: management analyst, assistant director of public works, water/wastewater supervision and director of water distribution and wastewater divisions. 

In 1999, he became assistant city manager; he was appointed deputy city manager in 2015 and city manager in March 2018. 

In a letter to the mayor and council, he said:

“It was a great honor when the City Council selected me to become Waco’s City Manager. I knew from experience I would have the opportunity to work with and lead some of the finest and most dedicated public servants in the nation and would be working with a City Council that puts the best interests of our community first. After 44 gratifying years at the city, it is time for me to begin a new chapter in my life called retirement. My time here has been a wonderful journey and I hope to have made a meaningful contribution to making Waco a better place for all who live, work, visit and study here.”

“The people, projects, experiences, mentors, and faithful friends will never be forgotten. My love and appreciation for public service will always be with me and I will be able to recall a thousand moments that will make me proud, make me laugh and smile”, Stem said. “It has been my honor to be a part of this family that unselfishly works for the betterment of our city and community every day.” 

A reception to honor Stem’s career with the city will be scheduled at a later date.

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