Owensboro Mayor Tom Watson, this morning, announced that after 17 years of service, city manager Bill Parrish is retiring.

According to a press release from the City of Owensboro, Parrish made his plans known Tuesday evening in a closed session of the Board of Commissioners.

He began working for Owensboro in 2001 as the sanitation director.

Prior to that, Parrish was in the United States Marine Corps for 24 years. He retired from the marines as a lieutenant colonel.

Mayor Watson chose Parrish for the city manager position in December of 2007.

His retirement will be effective July 31, 2018 after which a search for his replacement and the hiring process thereafter will begin immediately.