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Morgantown City Manager Terrence Moore announced his resignation Jan. 28, effective Feb. 1.

"I'm proud of a number of things we've been involved in, and I look forward to seeing that have a lasting impact as far as various financial practices and management directives we've been able to introduce," Moore said in summary of his experience.

Moore replaced long-time city manager Dan Boroff in 2010.

City Council has had a sometimes difficult relationship with Moore.

"I think that Terrence has done some good things," said Morgantown Mayor Jim Manilla when asked about Moore's tenure.

"One in particular that stands out is his communication with the neighborhood associations," Manilla said. "He went to all the neighborhood association meetings and spoke. I hope that the council, with the next city manager we hire, will keep that communication open."

Beyond that, he said only that council had issues with Moore's performance — "some things that we weren't happy about" — but that it was willing to work with Moore.

Moore was not forced out of the position, he said.

"He's a young man. He wants to move on and pursue something different, and we wish him all the best," he said.

For his own part, Moore issued a media release that did not speak of his experience in Morgantown.

In an interview, he expressed pride in his work on town-gown relations with West Virginia University. He recalled WVU's transition into the Big 12 conference as a situation under his tenure that imposed unanticipated challenges having to do with, for example, implications for air travel in and out of Morgantown Municipal Airport.

And he highlighted his role following Morgantown's June 2011 decision to ban smoking in public establishments and proprietor concern that customers would take their business outside city limits. Collaboration between the leaders of the city and Monongalia County resulted in a county-wide smoking ban that alleviated those concerns within the city.

"That was an example of a specific accomplishment or positive outcome that people seemed to support and embrace that was probably not anticipated first time around," he said.

Of his two years in Morgantown, he said, "It was a very meaningful experience, and I'll always be fond of the community."

Moore has accepted a position as city manager of College Park, Ga.

His news release said College Park has a council-manager form of government similar to Morgantown's, a city work force of about 500 and an annual operating budget of $115 million.

Before accepting the position in Morgantown, Moore was city manager for five years of Las Cruces, N.M.

Looking ahead, Manilla said Morgantown Deputy City Manager Jeff Mikorski will fill the role of city manager for now. Mikorski has a long history in city administration and was one of three finalists, with Moore, for the city manager position in 2010.

Council will focus on some budget concerns before it turns its attention to filling the position permanently, he said.