Hastings city administrator to retire

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - After 19 years, the Hastings city administrator is to retire this May. Joe Patterson served for 20 years as the parks and recreation director before taking over the position.

He said the city has grown significantly in his time there and there are many projects he is proud to be a part of. The consolidation of utilities being one of them.

“You know, I think the city has moved forward and i'm not going to take credit for it necessarily,” Patterson said. “But I think some things that I am particularly proud of is the fact that we've lowered our taxes levy by 10 cents, that we've done a lot of things with the half cent sales tax due to the support of the community.”

Patterson will be focusing more on his duties as state softball commissioner and will continue to live with his family in Hastings.

“There are some things that are very visible to people and a lot of things people don't know about I think have been improvements to the community,” Patterson said. “I'm happy with the progress the community has made. I think there is always an opportunity to improve more.”

Patterson said Hastings attracts high quality employees and he is supportive of whoever takes over for him.