Overland Park City Director Bill Ebel has decided to retire next spring, ending an 11-year term as head of city administration.
Ebel worked for a total of 21 years at Overland Park, including in the city’s public works department and as director of planning and development departments.
“After 43 years of public service in my county and community, I decided it was time to retire,” he told city council on Monday, referring to his career in the US military. before moving on to municipal administration.
His job is scheduled to end on March 1, 2022, and his last day of work will be February 25, he said.
âThank you for the opportunity and I look forward to the next six months where I don’t expect the pace to slow down at all here,â he said.
Ebel, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, is only the fifth city manager of Overland Park in its history.
He has often been praised by council members for his leadership over the city’s budget, especially during the troubled months following pandemic shutdowns.
But he also found himself in the hot seat last year in controversies over his role in handling a separation agreement with Clayton Jenison, the police officer who shot teenage John Albers dead during a police check-up. social assistance in 2018.
The city has sought to keep this information out of public view, but details of the settlement were released earlier this year after a lawsuit.
Some board members also questioned Ebel’s decision to lay off employees and suspend pay increases as the pandemic first took hold in 2020, as well as a request from the city. coronavirus relief fund to pay for video equipment at a youth football complex that ultimately was not advanced.
Ebel’s announcement on Monday was greeted from the podium with a mixture of admiration and regret.
Outgoing Mayor Carl Gerlach said the announcement of Ebel’s retirement was ânot something we like to hear, but we certainly understand. You’ve been through a lot in 43 years.