A fixture in Lake Havasu City government is retiring at the end of the year. City Manager Charlie Cassens’ tenure with public agencies and organizations in Texas, California and Arizona spans 38 years.

Cassens began working for Lake Havasu in 2001. He first served as Public Information Officer, then communications manager before his promotion to the manager’s post in October, 2009.

“I have enjoyed my work as city manager. I like working with people. I like big projects and I like doing good things for my community, so this was the perfect opportunity to accomplish those things,” Cassens said.

Cassens will step down at the end of December. He envisions a period of rest before he tackles some household projects, enjoys some travel and pursues his passion as a pilot and fly fisherman.

Cassens said he intends to remain active in the community too.

“I’m going to be pestering this place doing lots of things over the coming years,” he said. He said he’ll engage in volunteer work and possibly dabble in politics in the future.

Management of a massive wastewater system expansion campaign and refinancing some $300-million in related debt, and helping Lake Havasu finish second in the America’s Best Communities competition are among Cassens’ top accomplishments.