Mark Lewis, Stockton’s controversial and charismatic city manager 2001-06, and the city official who who oversaw the arena and ballpark construction, has announced his retirement as City Manager of Chowchilla.
According to this Reno website, “When his contact ends he will have worked in that position 5 years, and plans to return to Reno to be involved in community activities.”
Lewis appears to be retrning to Reno to satisfy the wish of his wife, Terri Hendry, who has taken a job with TV news station News 4, the KRNV NBC affiliate in Reno. Hendry was the city of Reno’s Public Information Officer when Lewis and she met.
Lewis has become a symbol of Stockton’s fiscal extravagance because of the capital cost overruns and unsustainable public employee compensation that he approved. But most Stocktonians, including me, cheered the arena project and dozed through the raises. Lewis reflected his community in that respect.
There are signs he’s leaving Chowchilla in less than peak fiscal shape, too.
But Lewis’ legacy to Stockton includes good facilites that one day should integrate into a thriving, unique waterfront. Here’s wishing Lewis a happy retirement.