Long-serving Quincy City Manager Mike Wade surprised many last Tuesday evening, May 8 by reading a letter to the mayor and commissioners explaining his decision to retire after the mandated 30-day notice his employment agreement required. His retirement will take effect on June 8. Wade has worked with the city for more than 30 years. He was Water Superintendent in the Utilities Department and held other jobs in that department before becoming city manager four years ago. “It has always been my goal to serve the citizens of Quincy,” said Wade. Commissioner Daniel McMillan recognized Wade for his success.” “He did the jobs of two or three people without taking days off, working 60 to 70 hours a week. He is a true professional,” McMillan said. Commissioner Andy Gay said, “You are leaving Quincy in much better shape. I very much appreciate the job you’ve done.” Mayor Angela Sapp reminded board members to keep the citizens in mind as the commission works through the process of finding a new city manager and said their objective should include not getting stagnant.