City Administrator, John Seymour to Retire from City Service


March 29, 2014


Mayor Gary Fuller announced that he received notice from City Administrator John Seymour during January, 2014, that he did not wish to renew his contract with the City, which expires on April 29, 2014, stating that he plans to retire instead. 

“We will certainly miss John Seymour here at city hall,” stated Mayor Fuller, “He has been an outstanding City Administrator and has truly been my ‘right hand man.’  I greatly admire his loyalty to this city and his ability to get things done.”  Fuller went on to state, “Since January I have been searching for a new City Administrator who can step in immediately and continue to oversee and direct operations for the City.  I will be making the announcement of my choice for his successor by mid-April and asking the Council to approve a contract with this person.”

Born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Seymour received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, from Campbell University, and a Master’s Degree in Management from Central Michigan University. 

Seymour’s service to his country has been extensive.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1962 and served in the United States military a total of 31 years.  He is an honored Vietnam War Veteran, and retired from the Army with the rank of Colonel.

After retiring from the military, Seymour served as the City Manager for Anniston, Alabama from January 1996 to October, 1999, before coming on board with the City of Opelika in October, 1999 (Barbara Patton was then mayor).  He remained with the city until June of 2002, when he left to take a position as the Assistant Director for Property Management of the Center for Domestic Preparedness, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in Anniston.  In 2004 he returned to the position as City Manager for the City of Anniston at that city’s request.  He remained there until April, 2005 when Mayor Gary Fuller brought him back on board with the City of Opelika.

            Mayor Fuller expressed his best wishes to John and wife Lisa for a well-deserved and happy retirement on behalf of the City of Opelika employees.  Councilman President Eddie Smith added the same sentiments, “On behalf of the Opelika City Council let me add our best wishes to John in his retirement and to thank him for the ten plus years that he has provided his dedicated leadership to the City of Opelika.”