Morrill finishes up last week as Roanoke's city manager
Last day on the job is Friday
Morrill's next move will be to Chicago, where he'll serve as executive director of the Government Finance Officers Association.
"It doesn't feel real, there's been so much that I've been working to try and get done that I haven't really thought about it ending tomorrow," Morrill said.
"It's something you don't see, it's something you feel,” Morrill said. “I think there is a sense of hope, optimism and pride in the community which just wasn't that outwardly visible when I first got here seven years ago.”
"Being able to cut that chain when it reopened was huge," Morrill said with a smile. He said he wanted to let the public feel welcome at the municipal building.
"A decade ago people thought that libraries were dead because of the internet. Our libraries, because of our incredible library teams, have these vibrant community centers now, and when we redo a library, we see door counts go up, programming go out and I think they are an incredible community asset,” Morrill said.
"This is Roanoke's time. There is a unique opportunity to continue this progress moving forward, and people here deserve it. Don't let up at all, keep on loving this place and investing in it. Be proud of it."
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