After nearly 25 years working with the city, Auburn City Manager Jim Buston last week announced his retirement, which will take effect at the end of January.
Buston, who was hired by the city in 1996 to start an Information Technology Department and also spent 11 years as an assistant city manager, has served in his current role since being named the interim city manager in early 2017. After conducting a months-long search, the City Council removed the interim tag and appointed Buston to fill the position on a permanent basis.
“The city of Auburn's employees form a strong, high-performing organization with a well-deserved reputation for outstanding achievement, and I was honored to lead some of the finest and most dedicated public servants in the nation,” Buston said in a news release. “My time here has been a wonderful journey, and I hope to have made a meaningful contribution to making Auburn a better place for all who live, work, visit and study here.”
In addition to seeing more than 1,100 new industrial sector jobs come to Auburn during his tenure, Buston has also helped the city navigate the current Covid-19 pandemic.
"I'm beyond thankful that Jim was here to provide a steady hand of experience at a time when we had a new mayor, six new council members and three key retirements of long-serving department heads. I will miss his counsel,” said Auburn Mayor Ron Anders in a news release. “The city of Auburn is better for his years of dedication to providing the best quality city services possible.”
Anders said the city has started the process to select Buston's replacement and has identified a strong internal candidate. Anders asked Councilmembers to sit down and talk with the candidate over the coming weeks before the council holds a public meeting and decides whether to initiate a search for a wider pool of candidates.