MARTINSVILLE, VA – During its Tuesday meeting, Martinsville City Council issued a proclamation recognizing City Manager Leon Towarnicki, who will be retiring at the end of the month after 41 years of service.
Towarnicki was awarded the prestigious 'Key to the City' and was given a gift from councilwoman Kathy Lawson.
He was initially hired as the city Engineer on January 1, 1982, he became the Director of public works on March 15, 1985, Interim City Manager on December 19, 2011, and City Manager on March 26, 2013.
In an online article, the city said throughout his entire career, Towarnicki has taken pride in serving the city and its citizens with an unerring sense of genuine duty, dedication, and compassion.
The council and former vice mayors Jennifer Bowles and Chad Martin and former mayors Gene Teague and Danny Turner expressed their gratitude for his service.
Also during the meeting, council voted to appropriate ARPA funding for the following purposes:
$200,000 ($65,000 per year) for various housing projects throughout the city
$300,000 for the development of MiNet
$150,000 for creating a planning and branding campaign