To the editor:
When I heard on the afternoon of Nov. 3, Election Day, of Eric Norenberg’s departure, my heart dropped a little. I settled in Oberlin in 2009 after having lived in nearly 20 different communities the previous 30 years all over the U.S. as well as in Germany, Japan, and Korea while serving in the U.S. Army. We wound up in Oberlin not only because Sheila, my wife, had been teaching at Oberlin College since 2001, but also because we sought the tranquility and safety of a small, diverse community where we could raise our four children instead of the hustle and bustle of New York and Philadelphia where I had grown up and attended college.
I quickly embraced Oberlin, its setting, people, and, above all, its progressive tradition and history. What impressed me the most was how well the community was governed and functioned and the impeccable city services that never failed. I was equally impressed by the visionary direction of the city, aiming for and embracing whole-heartedly a greener, more self-sustaining, and people-focused future. Oberlin’s sparkle is second to none. Eric Norenberg, who has been my only city manager, deserves much credit. His departure is a tremendous loss and I hope the council can find someone who can be his equal.
I tout Oberlin’s virtues far and wide. I am proud to be an Oberlinian. I do not personally know Eric Norenberg nor have I ever met him, but I appreciate what he has done for Oberlin. I will miss him.