Tuesday, April 8, 2008

County Administrator Mark Esterbrook Resigns

NewsLanc has learned this morning that County Administrator Mark Esterbrook has submitted to the County Commissioners his resignation effective April 8, 2008.

Esterbrook is receiving 3 months of severance pay ($42,311) and his medical benefits will continue for the same period.

Asked whether Esterbrook left willingly or was asked to leave, Commissioner Chairman Dennis Stuckey had no comment.

Asked whether it is possible for an employee who quit willingly to receive severance pay, Commissioner Scott Martin said only that the determination is made on a case-by-case basis.

Stuckey and Ex-Commissioner Sharron Nelson both read statements at Tuesday's Commissioners Worksession, thanking Mr. Esterbrook for his service to the County.

Esterbrook was widely regarded as an extraordinarily competent manager of County government.

He was not immediately available for comment, Tuesday.

Stuckey said that Chief Clerk Andrea McCue will help with the vacuum left by Esterbrook's departure, and that no timetable has yet been set for finding Esterbrook's replacement.