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Clearwater Assistant City Manager Rod Irwin retiring after 10 years

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After over a decade of service with the city, Clearwater Assistant City Manager Rod Irwin has decided to hang it up.

During his time in Clearwater, Irwin, who was hired in July 2005, provided leadership and oversight to the city’s Economic Development department and enterprise operations division, oversaw the city’s economic and community redevelopment activities, and was executive director of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

According to a city news release, some Clearwater career highlights of Irwin’s include:

  • His successful Capitol Theatre renovation negotiations and agreement with Ruth Eckerd Hall;
  • The adoption of the city’s first Economic Development Strategic plan, which lead to a successful GE Instrument Transformer recruitment, as well as to the adoption of the Economic Development Tax Abatement Program referendum;
  • A successful negotiation of the Surf Style and Pelican Walk garage development agreements;
  • A successful negotiation of the Prospect Lake “Nolen” multifamily development agreement;
  • And providing staff leadership during a successful referendum campaign for the Clearwater Harbor Marina.

In total, the 69-year-old New York native’s career has spanned more than 42 years.

Before his tenure as Clearwater’s assistant city manager, Irwin was city manager for Ridgewood, New Jersey; Watertown, Massachusetts; and Yonkers, New York (respectively).

As was mentioned by the Tampa Bay Times, Irwin is looking forward to spending more time with his family and traveling with his wife during his retirement. His last day of work will be Dec. 17.

“Mr. Irwin has successfully moved Clearwater’s economic development and redevelopment agendas forward during his tenure,” City Manager Bill Horne said. “We are sad to see him go, and he should be proud of what he has accomplished working for the city of Clearwater.”

Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail [email protected], or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.

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