Springettsbury Township manager John Holman is stepping down after nearly 11 years on the job to become manager of a city in Georgia.

"There have been some exciting times in Springettsbury Township ... (but) this offers me an opportunity to work for a new city that offers me different challenges," he said. "It's very sad to leave Springettsbury."

June 16 will be his last day as Springettsbury's manager, after which he starts as city manager in St. Mary's, Ga., he said.

St. Mary's is located at the southeast corner of Georgia, near Cumberland Island National Seashore.

"Professionally, this was a good move for me," Holman said.

Grateful: He said he's grateful to the township's residents and board of supervisors for their support over the years.

"Springettsbury Township has been good to me," he said. "I have enjoyed my work here. ... Springettsbury is a great community, and the citizens are terrific."

Holman was hired in July 2003 and started work in September 2003, according to a township news release.

Holman talked about township improvements made over the last decade, shepherded by the township's board of supervisors and by him.

"We worked hard on a cooperative basis to bring in new business," he said. "That's improved employment opportunities."

The Yorktowne Center was built during Holman's tenure, which created nearly a thousand new jobs, he said.

Infrastructure: Holman said the township has invested in its infrastructure, making major road improvements in the last 10 years.

Township officials also helped keep Harley-Davidson at its current location, he said.

And Holman said officials have tried to improve services offered by the township, citing the merger of Springettsbury's and Spring Garden Township's fire departments to create York Area United Fire and Rescue. Construction is nearly complete on the department's new firehouse, he said.

Hard to replace: "On a personal level, I'm happy for John," said George Dvoryak, chairman of the township board of supervisors. "As board chairman for Springettsbury Township, of course I'm disappointed we're losing someone of his caliber."

Holman is well-respected throughout York County, Dvoryak said, in part for the contributions he has made to the township.

"The board will get to work immediately to find the best possible replacement for John," he said. "It's going to be difficult to replace someone of his caliber."

Supervisor vice-chair Julie Landis said she wishes Holman well.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.