Horn says he leaves Geneva with unfinished business

Moving from town to town was something Matt Horn was used to growing up.

His father worked as a cop, and his family “lived in a lot of different places” in his home state of Virginia as his dad worked his way up the law enforcement leadership ladder.

Horn’s professional life also took him to different spots on the map. He worked various jobs in the public and private sector, most of them connected to government service.

Then he came to Geneva … and that nomadic existence came to a halt after he was appointed Geneva city manager nearly 10 years ago.

“It’s the longest I’ve ever worked anywhere, the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere,” Horn said in an interview with members of the Finger Lakes Times staff last week, four days before he turned in his keys to City Hall and embarked on his next venture.

The move comes after running the government in a city of about 13,000 people, a community that has morphed from often-derided into one of the Finger Lakes region’s biggest success stories. He said it was “a weird feeling” to know that he would be leaving a job that had become so much of his — and the city’s — identity.

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