Columbus City Administrator Evan Capron put in his papers at Monday night’s Columbus City Council meeting and says he’s planning on developing hobbies and spending time with family when his retirement is official Dec. 31 of this year.

Capron said the reason for his retirement now was the timing.

“It’s the end of the year, and of course, I’ll be full retirement age in February,” he said. “It didn’t make sense to work for one month, so Dec. 31 was a good choice.

“At some point every one has to decided when to retire. My wife retired from her position at the medical clinic in July so we’ll have more time to spend together now.”

Capron is originally from Columbus and graduated from high school here in 1962. After college he went to work for Eagle Picher as a physicist and then moved to Richardson, Texas to take a position with Texas Instruments and then started his own consulting firm.”

“I moved back her in 1990 to take over the family farm,” he said. “In 2005 I became city treasurer, a position I held for about a year and was hired as city administrator in February 2006.”

Capron said after his retirment he plans to take up woodworking in a serious way and returning to writing computer programs and selling them on the internet.

In addition, Capron said, he plans on spending time hunting and fishing, gardening and spending more time with his grandchildren.

Capron said he had several accomplishments in his four years as administrator of which he is proud but one stands out.

“The East Town sewer project,” he said. “We’ve had problems over there for probably 30 years and I think they’re all fixed now.”

The $1.2 million project was just completed in the last two years.

“I’d like to have been able to have a few more years to do some more water and sewer infrastructure projects,” he said. “People don’t think about it until they’re problems.”