Beaumont city manager announces retirement

Kyle Hayes

Beaumont City Manager Kyle Hayes has announced he will soon retire from the city where he has served for 14 years.

Hayes announced his pending retirement after a City Council meeting Tuesday, April 26. An item pertaining to Hayes appeared on the City Council agenda for discussion during executive session. 

The item read, "Consider matters related to the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee in accordance with Section 551,074 of the Government Code to wit: Kyle Hayes, City Manager."

After the meeting, when questioned about the item, Beaumont Community Development Director Chris Boone was tight-lipped, but Hayes released his letter of resignation later in the day revealing the change. Penned by Hayes and addressed to the Mayor and City Council, the letter reads, "Effective on or about December 31, 2016, I plan to retire from the City of Beaumont. 

"Being the City Manager for nearly 14 years has been an honor and a great privilege. We have accomplished a tremendous amount over this period that we should all be proud of. Highlight include the Calder Avenue Project; the Event Centre; numerous street and drainage projects citywide; park improvement citywide; downtown infrastructure upgrades; illuminated traffic signage; a robust recovery from two major hurricanes; an excellent management team in place; and the City is currently in very good financial condition.

"Thank you for your friendship and strong support over the years. The City of Beaumont is a great place to work and I wish all of you and this wonderful city much future success."