CEDAR FALLS — The man who has played a key role in economic development within Cedar Falls city government for nearly three decades has resigned to take a job in the private sector.

Bob Seymour, the city’s planning and community services division manager, has resigned to accept a position with Community Bank & Trust, City Administrator Ron Gaines said.

Seymour, who has been with the city 28 years, submitted his resignation Friday, Gaines said. His last day will be Nov. 3.

“I think his contribution to the city has been incredible,” Gaines said of Seymour. “You can look back at the Industrial Park and a very large part of that is a credit to Bob Seymour.”

“He’s been a real asset for us,” Community Development Director Stephanie Houk Sheetz said of Seymour. “He’s certainly seen a lot of economic development happen over the years with the industrial parks,” in the southern and now the northern part of the city.

Community Bank & Trust President & CEO Stacey Bentley said Seymour has been offered the position of business development officer, in which he would work with some of the same business leaders he did in his city job.

“We’re really excited to have him on board,” Bentley said.

Seymour declined extended comment for now but said the new post was a “tremendous opportunity” for himself and his family .

Gaines said city department heads discussed the impact of Seymour’s resignation and how to fill the post at their regular meeting Monday but no firm plan has been determined yet. Gaines said the position “absolutely” will be filled but added, “It will take a while to fill that spot.”

He said remaining city planning staff, including David Sturch and Shane Graham, are performing similar work. Seymour’s position answers directly to Sheetz in the city’s organization structure. No determination has yet been made on whether someone will formally be named to Seymour’s position in an acting capacity.

Gaines anticipates some presentation will be made to the City Council concurrent with Seymour’s departure.

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