Bill Duck, the city’s director of Inspections and Code, retired Thursday, city officials confirmed this week.
Duck, 56, who has been with the Inspections and Code Department since 1979, has been director since 1983.
Duck could not be reached for comment, and city officials declined to comment on his departure.
“All I can say is he retired,” said Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who said there has been no recent investigation or audit of the Inspections and Code Department.
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Duck’s retirement will be effective Wednesday, but he is not at work this week, according to Deputy City Manager David Arrington, who will assume Duck’s duties until his successor is hired. Arrington declined to comment on Duck’s absence from work on his last three days on the job.
Duck will be the fourth department head to retire since Tomlinson took office in January of 2011. His replacement will be the sixth department head hired during Tomlinson’s tenure.
Dale Hester (Civic Center), Bill Adamson (county prison) and Gary Stickles (Public Services) all retired last year. Hester and Adamson retired under a cloud of investigation. Stickles did not.
Ross Horner was hired to replace Hester, Dwight Hamrick to replace Adamson and Pat Biegler to replace Stickles. Tomlinson has also overseen the hiring of Amy Carbajal as the city’s Community Reinvestment Director. Her predecessor had resigned before Tomlinson took office. Similarly, she hired Parks and Recreation Director James Worsley to replace Tony Adams, who was fired amid an investigation prior to her taking office.
Duck was making $80,912 a year.