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NORTH TONAWANDA – Richard L. Tindell, who was chosen two years ago to head both the City of North Tonawanda’s development department and the Lumber City Development Corp., will retire on June 14, according to a statement released by the city on Thursday.

Tindell was appointed in August 2012, replacing longtime head Jim Sullivan who brought in millions to the city, largely through state and federal grants.

Most recently, under Tindell, the Lumber City Development Corp. offered Oliver Street businesses grants between $5,000 to $35,000 as part of a $165,000 microenterprise grant from the New York State Office of Community Renewal.

“I would like to thank Richard for his service on behalf of the residents of North Tonawanda. Richard took over the community development office at a critical time. He has been an able administrator and has positioned the department for continued success,” said Mayor Robert G. Ortt in a statement.

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