Longtime Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy has announced his intention to retire on or around Dec. 1 of this year.
In an email to city staff members sent out Tuesday, Tandy said he had been working as the city manager in Bakersfield for the last 27 years and has been in the city manager profession for the last 46 years.
"I've enjoyed working here a great deal," Tandy said in a phone interview. "I've been fortunate to have progressive, forward-thinking City Council members to work for."
He said the decision was somewhat difficult, but came at a time when many important city projects had come to a conclusion.
“I have had a deep commitment to being certain that the Thomas Road Improvement Program is brought to completion,” he said in the email, referring to the $1.4 billion roads project that has streamlined many city interchanges. “I have also wanted to be able to leave the City in sound financial health. With the passage of the Public Safety and Vital Services Measure and the upcoming budget adoption scheduled for late June that goal is also assured.”
Tandy thanked both the city council and the staff in the email.
He said he and his wife will continue to live in Bakersfield and plan to be active in the community.
Although Tandy said he could potentially take up a part-time project at some point in the future, he didn't have any immediate plans.
"I plan to improve my pickleball game," he said.
The City Council will be responsible for appointing a new city manager. Tandy said the council hasn't had a chance to discuss next steps yet, but he planned to send them information on how to fill the job soon.
“This isn’t even the beginning stages,” said City Councilmember Chris Parlier, who serves as vice-mayor. “This is the pre-stages to the beginning, before we start making a plan on such an important action.”
He said that Tandy had done the city a favor by giving them six months notice.
“It will be a loss to the city of Bakersfield,” he said, “but I wish him all the best in his retirement, and it’s well-deserved.”
First hired in 1992, Tandy has been an integral part of many city projects, including the construction of what is now the Marriott hotel downtown and Rabobank Arena and Convention Center.
“Alan was a builder. He would get on a project and he would see it through,” said former City Council member Mark Salvaggio, who was a part of the council that hired Tandy.
He said he worked well with Tandy over the years.
“City Managers are like major league baseball managers,” Salvaggio said. “They often don’t last very long. But I’m pleased that he’s stayed so long. And his announcement to the council and mayor was vintage Alan Tandy, first class.”
Bakersfield Karen Goh, also had kind words for Tandy.
"Mr. Tandy has had tremendous influence on the quality of life of Bakersfield throughout the years," she said. "Our community certainly is a better place because of his determined leadership to improve our city."