He made the remarks during the hand over take ceremony of the City Management yesterday (March 5).
It was a packed ceremony where NCDC staff came to witness the closing of a chapter in the management of City Hall and the start of a new one.
Governor Parkop commended Leslie Alu for his role in changing the face of NCD.
“Sadly because of his health, he had to make this hard decision. But it is the right decision,” said Parkop.
Leslie Alu is closing an 11-year tenure, the longest ever by a City Manager.
He said it was only right to hand over the reins given the condition of his health.
“I did not want the big picture of taking the city forward to be slowed down due to my health condition. City’s interest is bigger than me holding on to the position, therefore I had to make the tough decision of early retirement,” said Alu.
Incoming City Manager, Bernard Kipit, commended Alu for his success and said he will work hard to continue the standard left by him.
(NCD Governor Powes Parkop, right, with new city manager Bernard Kipit, and Leslie Alu in the background)