After over two decades of service to the Town of Wake Forest, Deputy Town Manager Roe O’Donnell retired on April 1, 2016.
“The citizens of Wake Forest are losing a wonderful public servant,” said Town Manager Kip Padgett. “Roe has effectively served the town with his leadership, professionalism, engineering expertise and determination to get the job done.
He has also been an invaluable resource for me personally – helping me get to know the community and settle in as town manager. He will be greatly missed.”
During his 23-year tenure with the town, O’Donnell has at various times provided oversight of Public Works, Police, Engineering, Inspections, Management Information Systems, and the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. He has also played a key role in several of the town’s notable projects in recent years, including the water-sewer merger with the City of Raleigh, installation of the roundabout at the intersection of South White Street and Durham Road/NC 98 and the redesign of South Franklin Street.
As for his future, O’Donnell plans to enjoy more time with his wife, Karen, and their family. He may also provide consulting services.
Regarding plans for O’Donnell’s successor, Padgett said the town is evaluating its options and will make a decision about how to move forward in the coming weeks.