RUSK — Rusk City Council members will meet at noon Friday to accept the resignation of City Manager Kevin Bowden.

Bowden will submit his official resignation to the council in executive session, then the council will reconvene into open session to take necessary action.

“It has been my honor and pleasure to get things done for the city of Rusk, Texas,” Bowden said. “I increased revenue by $500,000 and decreased debt by $1 million (while city manager).

“It has been the best job I have ever had.”

Bowden said he did have another job offer but did not want to comment on what or where the job is.

Bowden was hired as city manager in November 2002 following a three-month search by the city, and he started in the position Dec. 2, 2002.

“My ultimate goal for Rusk is to make it grow,” Bowden said at the time he was hired. “I want to help spread the tax base, increase revenue and decrease expenditures.”

During his time in office, Bowden served as chief budgetary officer for the city — garnering the city three unqualified, or problem-free, audits in a row — and in the last fiscal year, he refinanced city bonds at a savings of about $750,000 to the city.

Bowden also helped bring grant money into the city, including money currently being used for a sewer expansion project now underway, which will deliver city water and sewer services to customers outside Rusk City Limits.

Bowden was active in the construction of the city-owned Kampgrounds of America site — now in the process of being sold — and was often on-site and working.

Bowden’s handiwork can also be seen at Jim Hogg Park, where he was instrumental in constructing a stage at the park, complete with electrical hookups, where Saturday night jams were held last year, with Bowden himself on guitar and singing.

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