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Jim Wetherington resigns from Civic Center post

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Jim Wetherington has resigned his position as general manager of the Peoria Civic Center, effective immediately.

Wetherington was general manager of the facility for four years and has been with the SMG-managed Civic Center for more than 25 years, starting as custodial supervisor and working his way into the top position.

He resigned Monday, he acknowledged, but he declined to detail the circumstances of the resignation when reached Tuesday.

Asked why he resigned, he said, “Because it was time. After 25 years, it was time. I’ve missed too many birthdays and games and spending time with grandkids and other family events. It is time to move on to something else.”

He said he doesn’t know yet what that something else will be. “I’m too young to retire (he’s 58). I’ll find something. I’m not worried,” he said as he was preparing for a trip south to visit grandchildren. “I haven’t made any long-range plans.”

Bob Manning, chairman of the Civic Center Authority, declined comment when reached Tuesday. He said Wetherington is an employee of Pennsylvania-based SMG, which manages Civic Center-type venues around the world, and so wouldn’t have anything to say at this time.

Rich McKeegan of SMG, who was Wetherington’s direct boss and who is in Peoria, confirmed that Wetherington resigned but declined to comment any further, citing company policy regarding human resources matters. Regarding what the company will do to fill the position he did say it is SMG policy to post job openings. He declined to comment on what will happen in the interim.

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Paul Gordon is the editor of The Peorian after spending 29 years of indentured servitude at the Peoria Journal Star. He’s an award-winning writer, raconteur and song-and-dance man. He also went to a high school whose team name is the Alices (that’s Vincennes Lincoln High School in Indiana; you can look it up).