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Tom Yots, executive director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, has announced he will retire from the organization effective July 1.

Yots, who previously served as city historian in Niagara Falls, said in an email he plans to spend more time with family.

“I was honored to serve as the executive director of this important and effective organization and fortunate to have a board that empowered me,” Yots wrote. “As historic preservation will always be a passion for me, I will continue to serve as a commissioner for the Niagara Frontier State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission and promise to remain active in preservation in the Buffalo Niagara community.”

Yots took the reins of the preservation organization in early 2012.