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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville City Administrator Rex Reynolds is retiring after serving in the position since 2008. Mayor Tommy Battle announced the change in a news conference Monday morning. Col. John Hamilton, former Garrison Commander at Redstone Arsenal, will take over Reynolds' position when he retires January 1, 2014.

Battle said he is delighted for Hamilton to join the administration because of his experience in logistics, planning and operations. During his time as Garrison Commander, Hamilton guided the base through the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, or BRAC. He has a distinguished military career that Battle believes will carry over to his work with the city.

Hamilton will begin working with Huntsville City administrators in the fall, looking for ways to improve the city's organizational structure.

During the news conference Monday, Hamilton said he enjoyed working closely with the city while he was still in a leadership position at Redstone. He said Huntsville is an "easy place to fall in love with" and looks forward to executing Mayor Battle's long-term vision for the community.

Reynolds meanwhile, has served the city for decades under different four mayors in various positions. Battle described Reynolds as one of his most trusted managers and friends, "He's served this city admirably and selflessly for decades."

Reynolds is passionate about issues in the community and has worked with groups like Boys and Girls Clubs, Partnership for a Drug Free Youth, United Way, Huntsville Sports Commission and Crime Stoppers. He hopes to continue his partnerships with those organizations.

Asked if he would consider running for public office, the former police chief-turned city administrator said yes.

"I'll tell ya, that would be something I'd consider. That would put me in a position to continue to serve the public," said Reynolds.

Reynolds said he's also excited to spend time with his new grandson.