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Marshall city manager to retire

By Caleb Brabham
Jan. 11, 2018 at 4 a.m.

Lisa Agnor

Marshall City Manager Lisa Agnor announced Tuesday she will be retiring from her position in the city effective April 15.

"I feel like now is the right time for me to make this move," Agnor said, adding her retirement would allow her to spend time with her family. "I've been with the city 15 and a half years. My oldest daughter is getting ready to have her second baby at the end of this month. I'm going to have two grandchildren under the age of 2. I want to be able to spend time with my daughter in Dallas and just have time to enjoy my family and grandchildren."

Agnor joined the city in 2002.

"I was in public accounting at a local public accounting firm," Agnor said. "The city was in need at the time of a deputy finance director. They reached out to me and asked if I would be interested; I very much was. It was a great decision and a great opportunity for me. In between the time I agreed to accept the position, the finance director and city secretary had resigned. I came into that deputy position for a few months and was promoted to full time city secretary and finance director."

Agnor said she is proud to be a part of the city's financial stability and believes she is leaving the city even better than she found it 15 years ago.

"I would have to say (I'm proudest of) the financial stability of the city and our ability to dedicate significant resources to the city while still operating within our budget. (We've been able to) maintain adequate and safe reserves for our city, but also make improvements in order to make Marshall a better place to live," Agnor said. "It is by no means my accomplishment. It has been a group effort. It's the accomplishment of the current commission, the prior commission, city staff and department heads."

Mayor Larry Hurta said he was sorry to be losing Agnor as city manager.

"Personally, my heart is heavy with the announced retirement of Mrs. Lisa Agnor," he said. "(Agnor) has served our city faithfully for over 20 years. Her personal and professional integrity, financial acumen and municipal leadership will be an irreplaceable asset to our city. It is my hope that Lisa will play an instrumental part in the training and preparation of a new city manager.

"There are many in our city who do not have the privilege of working closely with Mrs. Agnor," Hurta added. "The scope, depth and complexity of her daily service to our city is difficult to realize. For instance, as she deliberated the hiring of a new police chief, Mrs. Agnor balanced multiple specialized perspectives while keeping a keen understanding of what would be best for the city of Marshall."

Agnor was named city manager in April 2015, following Frank Johnson's resignation in January 2014. When Johnson vacated the position, Marshall was without a city manager for more than a year.

Agnor said the Marshall City Commission will begin discussions on a transition plan and finding Agnor's replacement later this month.

"I believe the commission will meet on Jan 22 in an executive session to make their decision on how they will conduct the search for city manager," Agnor said. "Marshall is a great place to live and raise a family. It's been my honor to serve here through the years. It's my home and I'll support the city in any way that I can … I'm looking forward to working with the commission and making it an easy transition."

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