TOPEKA (KSNT) – Jim Colson spent his last day in Topeka wrapping up work and attending a going away party at the Topeka Zoo, one of the many parts of the city he helped turn around during his time as city manager.
“It’s been an emotional roller coaster,” said Deputy Mayor Michelle De La Isla.
On Sept. 20th, Colson announced his resignation and is going back to Arizona. Colson told KSNT News at that time he was leaving to spend more time with his wife.
His departure, however, leaves several larges projects unfinished like the state of Topeka roads and the review of the Topeka Fire Department.
“If you look at the priorities we had on the budget, those won’t go because Jim goes,” De La Isla said. “I mean, we keep on working on the things we set forth that we were going to work.” on.”
Even though he did not speak to specific issues, Colson said the city is poised to continue on a good path.
“The goal is to just keep the balance in the city, both from an operational, financial and from a community outreach perspective,” he said. “I think that’s something we were very good at.”
But the 58-year-old isn’t retiring yet.
“I’m going to do economic development, community development consulting. I have been working on a model and I am going to work hard,” he said.
De La Isla did not give a time frame for when the council might start looking at candidates. Currently, Doug Gerber is serving as interim city manager.