Tacoma council doesn't renew manager's contract

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Tacoma City Council has voted against renewing City Manager Eric Anderson's contract. The 6-2 vote Tuesday effectively ends Anderson's six-year tenure.

The News Tribune says council members who voted for a change indicated they feel it's time for new leadership.

The council appointed Deputy City Manager Rey Arellano as interim city manager.

The 65-year-old Anderson did not attend the council meeting. The newspaper says that earlier in the day, he told senior staff members that his future employment was in jeopardy. In a statement Tuesday evening, Anderson called his years as Tacoma's chief administrator "a privilege."

City spokesman Rob McNair-Huff says Tacoma will conduct a nationwide search for Anderson's replacement.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com