Ryan Tyhuis, who oversees planning and codes for the City of Fayetteville and has served as interim co city administrator since February, is leaving city hall to accept a position with Frito-Lay.
During the May meeting of the Fayetteville Regional Planning Commission, officials wished Tyhuis well, commending him for his service to the city and praising his work here over the past six years.
Those comments were also echoed by members of the Fayetteville Board of Mayor and Aldermen during a work session Friday. After that meeting, the staff at City Hall hosted a lunch in his honor.
The top planning and codes official for the city left his post to accept a position with Frito-Lay here in Fayetteville.
“I don’t know how we are going to manage without you,” said Rovena Wade, planning commission chair. “We definitely wish you the best, but we’re going to miss you … You’ve been invaluable to the city and to this planning commission.”
Wade’s comments were echoed by other members of the commission.
“I’ve appreciated this planning commission,” said Tyhuis. “You all work very hard for the city, with the interest of citizens foremost in your minds. It’s been my pleasure to work with you, and if there’s any way I can help, please know all you need to do is ask.
“It was not an easy decision to leave, but it is one I’ve made,” he added, stressing that his decision is not in any way related to a recent issue which pitted West Washington Street residents against the city over the erection of a cell tower so close to their properties.
“This is simply an opportunity that presented itself,” he added.
Until a successor to Tyhuis can be secured, Jeff Siefert, the city’s building inspector, will fill his shoes.