A retirement party last night for outgoing Assistant City Manager Mike Anderson on the top floor of the new U.S. Olympic Committee building downtown was a festive affair.
Yours truly didn’t get an invitation to the soiree, but according to my spy:
Mayor Lionel Rivera, who served as the master of ceremonies, gave Anderson a pair of boxing gloves from USA Boxing to illustrate how Anderson had fought for the city during his 25-year career.
Anderson, a jovial guy who is well-liked at City Hall, also received a plaque from the fleet services division that included a picture of Anderson working a night shift some years ago.
About 100 people attended the retirement celebration, including City Manager Penelope Culbreth-Graft, City Council members Bernie Herpin, Jan Martin, Randy Purvis, former police Chief Lou Velez, former City Manager George Fellows, former Assistant City Manager Dave Nickerson and Norman Bellingham, the USOC’s chief operating officer.
Bellingham hadn’t seen the top floor of the six-story building, which has amazing views of the Palmer Center.
“I keep pinching myself,” Bellingham said.
Anderson, who is retiring at the end of the month, said it was his decision to have the party in the building at 27 S. Tejon St.
The building, part of a multimillion-dollar incentives package between the city government and the USOC, has been a lightning rod in the community, but Anderson said people would see it in a much better light years from now. He thanked the mayor and council members for their commitment to keep the USOC in the Springs.
Anderson also thanked all the city employees he has worked with, saying they have “a heart for public service.”