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Roanoke Rapids City Manager Joseph Scherer Tuesday night announced his retirement effective August 1.

“My time with the city has filled me with a sense of purpose and belonging that none other could offer,” he said. “I have led the city administration for the past nine years and it has brought a deep sense of purpose to my life. I have been blessed to have your support and I will always be thankful for the opportunity you gave me.”

Scherer said, “It has certainly been an amazing ride throughout these past nine years. When my last day finally arrives and I walk out the office doors, I will be able to look back with pride on what we have accomplished.”

He said the city will always have a special place in his and his wife Sue’s heart. “Thank you for the opportunity and best of luck in the years to come.”

Mayor Emery Doughtie told Scherer, “There have been quite a few challenges. I thank you for what you have done for our community. Thank you for your leadership.”

Councilman Carl Ferebee said, “I have seen quite a few changes. I think you brought stability to this position. We appreciate you.”

Councilman Wayne Smith told the city manager the two have had many conversations during his tenure and that Scherer would always respond to his questions and concerns. “Thank you for your service.”

Councilwoman Sandra Bryant said of all the council members she had worked with Scherer the least amount of time. “I appreciate all your efforts,” she said. “You always followed up with me with any issue I had.”

Said Councilwoman Suetta Scarbrough: “I thank you for all you’ve done.”