This evening a crowd gathered to bid farewell to 12 year veteran Burlingame city manager Jim Nantell.
Typical of these events, there was some gentle roasting. Tonight's gathering was no exception, although most of the roasting was done by Jim himself. He entered the room wearing a nun's habit then proceeded to make fun of himself as well as those in attendance.
Some in attendance paid tribute to Jim, after the sister schtick was over, including current and former councilmembers and colleagues. Vice Mayor Brownrigg commented that Jim followed the advice of former GE Chairman Jack Welch by surrounding himself with people that were smarter than he was. Not sure the Vice Mayor meant it to come out quite that way..he transitioned with the old adage, "but seriously..."
Many did express heartfelt sentiments about Jim's service to both San Mateo and Burlingame.
Jim steered the Burlingame staff through several complicated issues from Safeway to storm drain measures to the downtown specific plan and more...too many to list, actually.
Happy retirement Jim.