BATH — After 11 years in Bath and almost 30 years in municipal management, City Manager Bill Giroux announced he will officially be leaving his post effective July 6.

The announcement came at the June 7 regular council meeting. Giroux said he’s resigning because he has the opportunity to do some traveling, and felt he could leave Bath on a high note.

“I’ve got almost 30 years in municipal government, and over 11 in Bath, and I just had been feeling like it would be a good time to take a little break,” he said. “I always wanted to leave when things were in good order, and I certainly feel like things are in good order.”

During Giroux’s tenure as city manager, Bath has seen significant investments. Multiple new hotels, expansions to Bath Iron Works, a funded and future riverfront “River Walk,” an upcoming high school project, and more.

“The city’s finances are better than they’ve ever been, and I think it’s a good time to walk away.” Giroux said experienced city staff and the cooperative and informed city councils he’s had over the years have made his job a pleasure. Most of all, he’s been impressed by the way Bath works hard for the community.

“The most pleasure I’ve gotten is from the unbelievable community spirit in Bath,” he said. “It’s uncanny really, I’ve never seen anything like it. They really look after their community and each other, and it’s been very fun to be a part of.”