Retiring Tallahassee City Manager Reflects on Her Service

Anita Favors-Thompson
Posted at 5:15 PM, Nov 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-10 17:18:30-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Tuesday's city commission meeting was the last for city manager Anita Favors Thompson.

She's retiring later this month, after 18 years in the position.

"Life has transitions, and this is one that I've been looking forward to, but have very nostalgic feelings about," said Favors Thompson.

Having worked for Tallahassee's city government since 1990, she said being a public servant has kept her going all these years.

"I love it here," she said. "That's the simple answer."

Favors Thompson has overseen a number of projects during her time as city manager. From the revitalization of Frenchtown to the creation of the Chain of Parks, much of the city's improvements have her personal touch.

"One of my favorite most recent things is the opening of FAMU Way, and the beauty with which it has been hallmarked," Favors Thompson said.

The city commission has named Rick Fernandez as her successor as city manager. He most recently served as assistant city manager of utility services. Favors Thompson said she's been giving him words of wisdom as he takes on the new role.

"The joy of public service is something that needs to be instilled in everyone," she said. "It's not necessarily the pay that you get, but it is the value that you provide."

Favors Thompson said she doesn't have plans for her retirement just yet, but it won't involve city government. She said she'll be keeping an eye on the projects she's started -- just from a distance.

Her last day as city manager will be November 20. The city is holding a free community celebration at Cascades Park the night before, in honor of her time serving Tallahassee.