Longview assistant city manager leaving after more than a decade

LONGVIEW (KYTX) -- Longview's assistant city manager is parting ways with the city after 11 years on the job.  A spokesman for the city of Longview said Chuck Ewings is leaving the city under a separation agreement with city manager David Willard.

Ewings will get $50,000 under the agreement but he will continue working for the city through September 30.  Ewings joined the city of Longview in 2002. Willard said he and Ewing had a philosophical difference in the future direction of city administration and management.

City spokesman Shawn Hara said the city will seek a replacement for the job.



Released by Longview Public Information Officer Shawn Hara:

Assistant City Manager Charles R. "Chuck" Ewings resigned from the City of Longview with an effective date of October 1, 2013. The resignation was mutually agreed upon by Mr. Ewings and City Manager David Willard as part of a separation agreement in which Mr. Ewings receives $50,000 in severance. The purpose of the severance is to ease the transition for Mr. Ewings as he seeks other employment.

According to City Manager David Willard, "I appreciate all that Mr. Ewings has done for the City of Longview; however, at this time, I believe there is a need for the organization to move in a different direction. I want to thank Chuck for his many years of service to the City of Longview. During his tenure, he has provided leadership to several departments and special projects. He is especially knowledgeable and skilled in the areas of Development Services and Economic Development. I wish him well as he continues his career."

Mr. Ewings began work for the City of Longview in 2002 as Development Coordinator. He promoted to Director of Development Services in 2004. He served as Interim City Manager for approximately 8.5 months in 2007 following departure of former City Manager Rickey Childers. When David Willard was hired as City Manager in 2007, Chuck was promoted to Assistant City Manager. As Assistant City Manager, Mr. Ewings was responsible for Human Resources, Community Services, Development Services, Information Technology, as well as the City's participation in economic development agreements.

Current Salary: $124,407

About the separation agreement:

-          The agreement assigns no fault to either party.

-          Agreement is meant to ease the transition to other employment.

Plans for filling Assistant City Manager position:

-          Plan to open the job in the near future and begin the recruiting process.

How long has this been in discussion?

Over the last few months Chuck and I have been in discussions about the future and how we wanted to move forward, ultimately we both agreed a separation agreement accomplished the desired change in direction.

What is the reason for the separation?

We simply had a difference in organizational and managerial philosophy and I felt as the City Manager that this was in the best interest of our organization going forward.


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