One of the City of Arkansas City’s highest-ranking officials will be moving on to new opportunities.

Public Works Director Eric Broce tenured his resignation with the city in a Feb. 16 letter to City Manager Nick Hernandez.

The letter declares Broce’s last day as March 2 and states he will pursue “other career opportunities in design, construction and project management.”

Broce, who also holds the position of city engineer, has worked for the city for more than five years.

He noted that during his tenure, the city started to repair its “deteriorated infrastructure,” including the development of a long-range Capital Improvement Plan to continue moving forward with those efforts.

Broce said he is excited and sad at the same time, and he will miss the employees with whom he has worked.

“I wish him luck as he pursues other career opportunities,” Hernandez said Feb. 16. “He will be missed.”

Project accomplishments

During Broce’s time with the city, many projects to address or improve infrastructure have been completed.

They include the replacement of several miles of water lines, expanding the city’s water rights and the resurfacing of several miles of roadway.

Perhaps the most significant is the construction of a new Water Treatment Facility and 1.5 million-gallon storage tank, a project years in the making that will culminate in a dedication and ribbon-cutting next week.

“Although replacing and repairing the city’s aging infrastructure seems daunting, I’ve appreciated the opportunity to work with (Hernandez) and city staff to update the Comprehensive Plan and develop a long-range Capital Improvement Plan (for) … critical infrastructure needs and core governmental functions,” Broce said.

He also said the way the city has changed its problem-solving from a “Band-Aid” approach to more sustainable efforts has been “encouraging.”

“I truly feel that God has blessed me, my family and this community,” Broce said.

“I would like to thank (Hernandez) for the opportunity to serve the community in which I was born and raised.”

He also expressed gratitude to city staff for their efforts to serve the citizens of Arkansas City.