Kingston manager retiring

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‘Consummate professional’ says it’s time

By Mike Gibson

Kingston will lose a stalwart come April 26, when city hall staple Jim Pinkerton logs his last hours as city manager.

Pinkerton turned in his resignation on March 13, the day after the monthly Kingston City Council meeting.

The announcement, which went out to the mayor and city council members in the form of an official letter, was reportedly a surprise to everyone, and some council members visited his office that day to implore him to reconsider.

But Pinkerton said he is firm in his decision.

“I’ve turned in my notice,” he said. “I’ve been wanting to retire for a while now. And Wanda [his wife] and I have a number of things we want to do. It’s time to do them.”

He added, “I appreciate everyone at the city, all the people I’ve worked with and the people who have wished me well. There just comes a time when it’s time.”

Pinkerton has served as city manager for 12 years. He said he hadn’t discussed his decision with anyone outside his family prior to the day he tendered his resignation.

“I’ve been thinking about it for some time. I just thought I was there.”

Kingston Mayor Troy Beets said city council will likely soon have a special-called meeting to discuss the process for finding Pinkerton’s replacement.

“It will be a process,” Beets said. “We’ll probably use MTAS [Municipal Technical Advisory Services] consultants. We’ll advertise for the job.”

He added, “The choice will ultimately be a council decision.”

Beets praised both Pinkerton’s value as a versatile city manager and his character as an individual.

“I’ve said before I thought we had the best city manager/engineer/utilities man in the state,” Beets said, referring to Pinkerton’s diverse background. “And it’s not just what he did, but the way he did it. He’s a consummate professional.

“I’m going to miss him. I’ve never met anyone with more integrity.”