Lompoc city leaders bid farewell this past week to a longtime city administrator, whose presence, according to officials, will be missed.
It was announced during Tuesday’s meeting of the Lompoc City Council that Planning Manager Lucille Breese is heading into retirement after 20 years of service with the city. Breese, who started as an associate planner with the city in 1997, was honored at the meeting with a bouquet of flowers and a plaque of appreciation.
The announcement was made by Assistant City Manager Teresa Gallavan, who termed it "a very bittersweet moment.”
“We are sad that she is leaving, but we are also really very happy for her and wish her all the best in her retirement,” Gallavan said of Breese.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with her the past six years that I’ve been with the city,” she added. “Among the many great qualities she has, I especially appreciate working with Lucille because of her professionalism, her dedication and her very strong work ethic.”
Gallavan noted that Breese has been involved in several major projects in the city over the past two decades. These include the completion of the city’s 2030 General Plan update, the Seabreeze Apartments, the new Lompoc Valley Medical Center, the Aquatic Center, the Burton Ranch development and the annexation of the Burton Ranch and Summit View Homes properties.
City Manager Patrick Wiemiller personally thanked Breese before offering his own comments.
“It’s one of those invisible jobs to the public a lot of times, but very critical to a city to have a good solid planning function in place that ultimately creates the aesthetics that a community is looking for,” Wiemiller said. “So for that, we thank you very much and we know that your hand on our planning function will be felt and experienced for decades to come.”
Wiemiller did not mention a timeline for replacing Breese.
Breese did not speak at the meeting, but she did pose for photos with Gallavan, Wiemiller and Mayor Bob Lingl.
While presenting the plaque to Breese, Lingl also thanked her and expressed optimism for the city’s future.
“You are definitely going to be missed,” he said. “You’ve trained a good staff, though, and I think we’ll be OK.”