The City of Corpus Christi’s Water Director announced today that Friday will be his last day with the city.
Clarence Wittwer, who was hired by the city in February of this year, posted on his Linkedin page that he will be leaving Corpus Christi to take a position as Assistant Director over Wastewater Treatment for the City of Houston.
In a statement to KRIS 6 News regarding his resignation, Wittwer said his reasons for leaving are centered around his family.
"Although I have lived here in Corpus since February I have still maintained my home in Alvin, Texas, just south of Houston, where my wife resides. During the devastating Hurricane Harvey events my home there was flooded and my in-laws lost everything," Wittwer said. "Once we restored operations here in Corpus I took two weeks off to make repairs to my home and start the rebuilding of my in-laws house. About 3 weeks ago while working at their home my wife fell from a ladder and broke multiple bones on her right side which required several surgeries. She is now in a wheel chair and recovering with my oldest daughter caring for her."
During this same time the City of Houston, Wittwer's former employer, experienced catastrophic damage from the flooding to its sewer utilities.
"To make matters worse they (Houston) lost some key leadership in the Public Utilities Division," Wittwer said. "While home for my wife’s surgeries the City of Houston reached out to me and asked me to return as an Assistant Director due to my in-depth knowledge of both the system, their internal operations and my experience with emergencies."
Wittwer said although he has "come to love the City of Corpus Christi and the amazing citizens living here," he must take care of his family.
"My time here has been amazing and I have rarely experienced such a loving caring community," Wittwer said.