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Business Observer Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 12 years ago

Charlotte administrator resigns

Roger Baltz resigned after a majority of commissioners was poised to fire him.

Roger Baltz, Charlotte County's administrator for more than two years, abruptly resigned Tuesday morning rather than be fired.

Ray Sandrock, an assistant county administrator, and former budget director, was appointed interim county administrator.

On a 3-2 vote, the county commission accepted Baltz's resignation, deemed a dismissal without cause. By resigning, Baltz received a six-month severance package including health benefits plus accrued sick and vacation time.

A source, who was in attendance at the meeting, but did not wish to be named, told the Business Review that the commission's message that the county is open for business was not getting through to some county departments, including the growth management and building departments.

Commissioners Richard Loftus and Tricia Duffy joined Commissioner Robert Skidmore, who made the motion to accept Baltz's resignation, while Commission Chairman Bob Starr and Commissioner Adam Cummings voted against it.

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