Hannibal’s City Manager for the last twelve years is stepping down.

In a letter to the media Thursday, Jeff LaGarce announced that he will be leaving his position of City Manager effective March 15th.

LaGarce says he and his wife will be moving back to St. Louis to be closer to their families and he will be pursuing career opportunities outside of public service.

LaGarce has been Hannibal City Manager since 2006.

He says the Mayor and the City Council will soon begin the process of recruiting and hiring a new city manager.