HENDERSON, Ky. -- William L. “Buzzy” Newman has announced his resignation as the City of Henderson’s assistant city manager.
Effective May 1, Newman will transfer to the Henderson Water Utility as director of field operations.
After spending 18 years with Methodist Hospital as the facilities management director, Newman joined the City in August 2008 as assistant city manager, supervising the community development, codes enforcement and engineering divisions.
Under his watch, the $8.5 million riverfront development project was completed.
The Board of Commissioners appointed Newman, a graduate of Murray State University and a construction engineer by profession, as assistant city manager upon the recommendation of City Manager Russell R. Sights. The city manager described the position as “an upgrade of the community development position” that had been vacant since February 2005.
“Buzzy has been a tremendous asset to the City of Henderson as well as a great personal friend,” said Sights said. “His involvement in major projects such as the construction/remodeling at the Municipal Service Center and the construction of the new riverfront improvements has served us well. We wish him much success in his new role with the Henderson Water Utility.”
“I have only been working with Mr. Newman a short time on the commission,” said first-term commissioner Austin Vowels. “However, in that time I have learned that he has been a tremendous asset to the City. He will be missed in his role as Assistant City Manager.”
First-term commissioner Brad Staton expressed a similar sentiment. “Buzzy Newman is an irreplaceable presence in City government,” Staton said. “His transition will not only be felt today, it will be felt for many months to comes. I wish him well in his new venture, but I know he will be sorely missed by everyone who has every interacted with him.”
Former City Commissioner and State Rep. Robby Mills did work with him for Newman’s entire tenure with the City. Mills was a member of the Board of Commissioners for 16 years before his election to state office last fall.
“Buzzy was an amazing partner while I served in City government,” Mills said. “His experience is wide ranging and he is a very forward-thinking individual. Our city is a much better place because of him.”
Mayor Steve Austin also had words of praise for Newman, who followed the footsteps of his late father, six-term mayor Bill Newman, into City government.
“Buzzy Newman will be a strong addition to an already very capable Henderson Water Utility management staff,” Austin said. “He has the engineer and project background to assist the water utility immediately, and his ability to take on and work through a number of projects simultaneously will serve our community well.
“I rate Buzzy as an MVP in city government and that is proven by his accomplishments,” the mayor added. “We will miss him as assistant city manager, but I know everyone wishes him well in his new position.”