Michael Heller stepping down as district manager

Was only on the job for three months before deciding to retire


Michael Heller, who officially stepped in as Community Board 8’s district manager in June, is retiring just three months after starting the job.

The board’s executive committee selected Heller for the $75,000 annually job out of 50 potential candidates in April, and was confirmed before the whole community board in May. But between that appointment and now, the 61-year-old has contemplated retirement after more than three decades of public affairs work.

Heller confirmed his decision to The Riverdale Press on Monday, adding he would continue as district manager until November. That’s coincidentally the same month he celebrates his 62nd birthday.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time now,” Heller told The Press. “I’ve reconsidered my lifestyle … my daughter just went off to college and my son is living in another city, so I’ve just decided to make some changes in my daily activities.”

Read more about Heller’s departure in the Aug. 31 edition of The Riverdale Press.