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A man of many plans: Manlius Director of Planning and Development David Tessier retires

— “We weren’t able to replace his position completely because of the lack of individuals with that type of a background,” Theobald said. “He brought that expertise to the town of Manlius, especially when it related to the stormwater situations that were going on, the environment issues that had to be followed and any permit of building process.”

Tessier’s expertise will be missed not only by the town of Manlius, but by the village of Manlius as well, since he served as Director of Planning and Development for the village through a contract between the two municipalities.

“We’re in conversation right now about whether or not we’re going to need to continue to do that,” Theobald said. “Obviously they pay for that service, so we’re still working those things out with them.”

In his retirement, Tessier said he and Linda plan to do a lot of traveling. He spoke to the Eagle Bulletin from Iowa, which was not their first destination since Oct. 1.

“We’ve already been to Florida and back since I retired,” he said. “And we’re sitting here this morning planning an Alaska trip for next year, so travel is our big thing. And I do woodwork as well, so I’ve got a lot of projects around the house to do.”

To recognize his contributions to the town, Theobald read a proclamation at Tessier’s last town board meeting on Sept. 26 that highlighted his professional achievements but didn’t stop there.

“In his down time, Mr. Tessier likes to watch SU basketball and football games and can often be seen at many games,” Theobald said. “He is known for his love of woodworking and attending numerous antique farm toy shows around the country. He is also known for having some of the best looking ties at Town Hall.”

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