Santa Rosa City Manager Jeff Kolin waxed a little poetic in his latest and final weekly e-mail message this afternoon.

Kolin, who is leaving to become the city manager of Beverly Hills, will be honored, along with his wife, Patty, at a  going-away party Sunday night at Legends at the Bennett Valley Golf Course.

But before going, Kolin sent out one last newsletter message, something he has done for nearly nine years. In it, he thanked city employees and city residents.  “It has been a great experience to work with the talented and professional staff of the City of Santa Rosa over the past nine years. . . . Together with our City Council, Boards and Commissions, community volunteers and residents we have been able to accomplish some great things that will have a lasting impact on what I believe is one of the really quality places to live and work in the State,” he wrote.

Kolin ended by taking some thoughts from the book “The Leadership Challenge” by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner.

“Search out challenging opportunities to change, grow, innovate and improve.  Experiment, take risks, and learn from the accompanying mistakes,” he wrote. “Inspire a shared vision . . . Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust. Strengthen people by giving power away, providing choice, developing competence, assigning critical tasks, and offering visible support . . .
“Most important of all – have fun and enjoy the enriching work that we do on behalf of our community.”

To read the entire message, click here.

– Paul Gullixson