Longtime Bel Air Town Administrator Chris Schlehr is planning to retire next month.
During a town commissioner work session, Michael Krantz, director of administration, announced Schlehr's last town meeting will be Dec. 16.
Schlehr, who was at the work session, declined to discuss his retirement further.
Mayor Robert J. Reier said Schlehr became a integral part of the town during his 21 years of service. He said Schlehr's shoes will be a large pair to fill.
"He grew up in the town and knows the history, which has been helpful in guiding projects in town," Reier said Wednesday. "His dedication and leadership has really moved the town forward."
Reier said Schlehr has left his mark on the town of Bel Air and he will be truly missed.
Schlehr began working with the Town of Bel Air in 1992 as director of public works. He then accepted a position as town administrator in February 2000, following the death of his predecessor, William McFaul.
A Bel Air native, Schlehr graduated from Bel Air High School and went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Naval Academy. He received a master's degree from Penn State University, also in mechanical engineering.
Schlehr served in the Navy and retired as a commander in the engineer corps in 1992, after 20 years of service.