by Morgan Montalvo
Area chambers of commerce last evening honored former San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The event at the Tobin Center drew business owners and elected officials from across the city as Sculley transitions into her new role: private citizen.
Pausing briefly to speak with local media before the celebration, Sculley said she had been contemplating retirement for some time and now, in retirement, is offering her expertise to city staffers handling several local initiatives, including a climate action plan, new firefighter's contract, and implementation of the 2017 bond issue.
"More than two hundred projects - streets, sidewalks, libraries, fire stations, museums, parks; those projects are underway and they will continue," she said.
She says with decades of public service service under her belt, she is pursuing personal interests.
"I don't plan to be a city manager again. I think forty years is sufficient," she said. "Nonetheless, I'm also working on a book and so I'll have some things to do but, for right now, I'm going to take a deep breath, relax, and then in four to six months decide what to do next."
Sculley left office last month after more than 13 years working for the City of San Antonio. Under her stewardship the city's bond rating increased to "Triple-A," a prime measure of municipal stability and liquidity. Throughout her tenure she enjoyed near-unanimous confidence of successive mayors and council members.
But Sculley ran afoul of the local firefighters union and its supporters, including taxpayers advocates, who in 2018 succeeded in adding a trio of city charter amendments to the midterm ballot. Two successful measures that called for limiting compensation and tenure of future city managers were considered by many a referendum on her pay - by last year approaching a half-million dollars, plus bonuses - and management style.
Sculley announced her retirement soon after the election. She is succeeded by her protege', former deputy city manager Erik Walsh
Newly retired San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley visits with reporters before being honored last evening by local business leaders and current and former area elected officials. Photo by Morgan Montalvo