Fresno City Manager Andy Souza announced Wednesday that he is resigning from his position, effective in January.

Souza has been with the city for 24 years and has managed Fresno’s day-to-day operations for five years. He said he will seek other opportunities.

“It has been a privilege to work for the City of Fresno for the past 24 years, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with Mayor [Ashley] Swearengin over the past year,” Souza said in a release.  “I believe it’s now the right time for me to look at other career opportunities.”

Swearengin made a promise in her campaign to conduct a nationwide search for the City Manager position.

“I encouraged Andy to apply for the position but completely understand and respect his decision to move on,” Swearengin said in the release.  “We are continuing with the search process to find his replacement.

“Andy’s announcement is bittersweet for me because I have come to respect his leadership over the past 12 months. I appreciated his help in making my transition into the Mayor’s office a smooth one, and his counsel and guidance have been invaluable as the City has dealt with a number of difficult issues over the past several months.”

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