Frisco town manager Bill Efting to retire after 5 years of service
Frisco town manager Bill Efting announced his retirement on Wednesday, marking the end of a long career of public service in communities across the country. Efting, who became town manager in 2012, will stay on until January 2017. Under his leadership, the town completed the Base Camp/Whole Foods development project, the Peak One Neighborhood and Step Up Main Street, a major renovation of downtown Frisco.
“Bill has brought a remarkable sense of accountability and community connection to his tenure as Frisco town manager,” said Mayor Gary Wilkinson. “His retirement is well earned and he will be missed.”
Efting moved to Colorado in 1984, where he began a three-decade career of public service as parks and recreation coordinator for Meeker’s Recreation District. What followed was a wide-ranging and accomplished life in local government that took Efting to Aspen, Vail, Basalt, Dacono, South Dakota and even South Padre Island in Texas. You’d think it would be hard for Efting to pick a favorite town given how many he’s served in, but he doesn’t miss a beat when asked.
“Frisco, by far,” he said. “I’ve just had so much more fun here — we have so many events, such a fun downtown. And this is the best staff I’ve ever had, which makes my job so much easier.”
Efting is most proud of the improvements to Main Street he oversaw, saying that he delayed retirement mostly to see that project through. He also wants to help settle the budget for next year as his final act for Frisco — and his career. Upon retirement, he plans to move back in with his wife in Glenwood Springs.
“It’ll be an adjustment,” he said, chuckling. “No more SportsCenter and Stouffer’s every night for me.”
The town council has posted the job opening and is confident that it will attract qualified candidates. The council will select a group of finalists to come to a community reception where they will pitch themselves to residents.
“The next town manager has big shoes to fill,” said Mayor Wilkinson. “Bill has developed an outstanding leadership team for the town and we are confident that we will be able to find the right person for the job.”
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