The City of Covington is losing one of its assets.
After 35 years of public service, City Manager Steve Horton will be stepping down.
The good news is that his farewell is a year away. Horton told the Covington City Council on Monday that he wants to work another year before retiring.
Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams said his retirement will be a great loss to the city, and we agree.
He's a homegrown talent who has contributed to Covington throughout his life, serving in capacities including as police chief, public works director and deputy city manager.
He's been a great source of quiet competence who has earned the trust and respect of all. He's helped the city grow in the boom years and has helped to run Covington on a sound fiscal basis in our tough economic environment, too.
Horton exemplifies the civic-minded souls that Covington and Newton County is blessed to have in such high numbers. We take comfort in knowing he'll be on the job another year.