Sandusky's Assistant City Manager Gary Packan is packin' up and heading west.
Packan resigned as Sandusky's assistant city manager to become assistant director for enterprise programs for Arlington, Texas.
"It's a great opportunity," Packan said. "The majority of my background is in parks and recreation."
His last day with the city will be within 30 days, Packan said.
Packan, originally from a suburb of Pittsburgh, was hired as assistant city manager in September 2004.
Packan said he is looking forward to new challenges in Texas, but there are things he will miss about Sandusky.
"The city of Sandusky has many good employees, elected officials and volunteers that are passionate about Sandusky," he said. "I've tried to work as hard as I could to make projects come to fruition for the benefit of the community as a whole."
Interim City Manager Don Miears informed the commissioners of Packan's resignation Wednesday afternoon.
"I think Gary has done a very fine job for the city," Miears said. "I think it's a great opportunity for him."
"I hate to see him go," said City Commissioner Dave Waddington. "Whoever gets him is very lucky."
Waddington said the process of finding a new assistant city manager will probably be discussed at Monday's Sandusky City Commission meeting.
"I'm sorry to see him go. He was a great asset to the city," said Ex officio Mayor Dan Kaman. "I wish him the best."
The former director of Huron Parks and Recreation, Packan has been instrumental in many city projects including the Paper District, the water trail in conjunction with Erie MetroParks and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Sandusky Bay Pathway.
Packan said he will start his job in Arlington Oct. 8.