FAIRFIELD — About 25o people packed into The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano on Friday to toast now-retired Fairfield City Manager Sean Quinn.
Two former city managers, B. Gale Wilson and Kevin O’Rourke, were in the crowd.
Quinn sat in a chair draped with a beach towel and paper parrots as proclamations and praise were heaped on him in liberal doses.
Fairfield Mayor Harry Price noted that Quinn had “the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job and the compassion of Saint Francis.
“What he has accomplished, we are going to relive this evening,” Price said.
Some of the city’s department heads donned clothing with Hawaiian themes in honor of Quinn, who was attired in a polo shirt and casual pants.
“If Sean had his druthers, he’d be in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts,” Fairfield Police Chief Walt Tibbet said.
Quinn has been with the city almost 30 years. He assumed the city manager post in 2007.
The time was right to step down, he said, as the party got underway.
“I’m ready for retirement,” he said.
He and his wife are awaiting the birth of a granddaughter, due in July. They look forward to spending time with the baby, he said.
Former Fairfield City Clerk Arletta Cortright, who was recently honored for her work with the Sister City program, said the city was lucky to have Quinn. He was the perfect fit at the perfect time, she said.
Quinn’s daughter, Megan Quinn, looks forward to a dad-daughter day with him, she said. She said she wasn’t sure he’d ever retire.
“He gave a big part of himself to his job,” she said. “He’s one of my biggest inspirations. We are very close.”
Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani said Quinn was the right combination of professionalism and personality.
“We are going to miss him,” she said. “I’m still in denial (that he’s leaving.) He’s done a fantastic job for this city, in tough times.”
Bertani said she felt confident that Quinn would not just vanish into the background because he has such a heart for Fairfield.
“He’ll be around,” she said.
Quinn announced his retirement in January. Prior to becoming city manager, he was the director of community development for the city.
He is serving as interim city manager while the search continues for a new city manager.
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