MARION, IN: (Jan. 3rd, 2017) – Neighborhood Association Coordinator, Larry Richardson, has ended his tenure with the City of Marion after 16 years of service. Richardson was first hired by the City as an assistant director in the Parks Dept., then was promoted by the Community Development office as the Neighborhood Association Coordinator approximately two years later, where he served through the end of 2016.
Through Richardson’s initiative and leadership, neighborhood associations grew from three to over twenty. Richardson takes fulfillment in that the City has built a stronger base in the community through stronger neighborhoods.
“The Neighborhood training process is the foundation of making our community stronger. We teach them the value in keeping their properties cleaner, and educate people the value of collaboration.”
Chief of Staff, Mike Flynn, said Richardson has been instrumental in the success and growth of the city’s neighborhood associations. “His compassion for this community is largely responsible for its success.”
Richardson added, “I will miss my role with the City of developing a stronger community, and the friends that you develop here at work, however, I will continue those relationships and hopefully the administration will still call on me as community servant to develop further relationships.”
Richardson plans to develop his personal ministry in retirement. He is immediately taking over the Hope Neighborhood Association as President, which he claims has a good base. “My main purpose is to make sure that my neighborhood association still exists and is holding strong.”
Richardson’s retirement took effect on January 1st.