After four years with the city of Stow, Economic Development Director Mike Weddle announced he is retiring Sept. 28, 2012.
Mayor Sara Drew said the plan is to eventually replace Weddle's position.
Patch: What do you plan on doing after you retire?
Weddle: At first, probably relax, and putter around the homestead. I will be returning home to Virginia for a brief visit shortly after my retirement to visit family and friends.
My wife, Annie, is in the process of moving her store — in the Stow Community Plaza. I will serve as her "gofer" throughout that process (there goes the relaxation pipe dream).
Patch: What will you miss most about working for the city?
Weddle:Without a doubt I will miss working with the other members of the Stow city family. One could not have asked for more support than I have received from my co-workers here in Stow. I am sure that I will also miss the interaction with the public and business leaders with whom I have had the pleasure of working with over these past four years.
Others have warned me that it is easy to slip into obscurity once retired; however, the sheer force of my overcharged personality may be sufficient to overcome that tendency (please do not quote me on that last clause). If you don’t hear anything of me in six-months then call to make sure I’m still alive.
Patch: What are you most looking forward to?
Weddle: Not having to go to work every day. There is more than enough on my "Honey-Do" list to keep me active, not to mention other recreational activities that I would love to pursue.
Many have asked “Why are you retiring?” to which I reply, “Because I can.”