Outgoing city manager Tom Youatt has accomplished a lot on behalf of the citizens of Imlay City in just the six years he’s been on the job and city commissioners recognize that fact. The mayoral proclamation presented to Youatt at his last meeting comprises a comprehensive list of the grants he secured, the successful ballot questions he helped guide and the significant projects he oversaw during his tenure. In all, it amounts to several significant and tangible accomplishments that residents and visitors can identify and appreciate.

Since he arrived in 2014, it was apparent that Youatt had a real vision for what could be done to benefit citizens and businesses in Imlay City and he was serious in pursuing that vision.

Appropriately, just before he leaves, Youatt can take part in ribbon cutting ceremonies this Friday for one of the signature projects he oversaw, Imlay City’s new fire hall.

In addition to his work within the city limits, Youatt lent his time and expertise to other boards and commissions in Lapeer County and beyond. As Imlay City’s representative on the Lapeer County EMS board, Youatt helped the municipally-owned agency navigate financial challenges. He did his part to inject stability and positivity within the organization too.

Those who know Youatt can attest to the positive energy he supplies to every environment. In that same vein, we’re positive that Imlay City continues to have a bright future thanks to the accomplishments and dedication of Tom Youatt. We wish him and his family all the best.