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COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR RESIGNS

Jackson County Supervisors Cope With Touart's Departure

Jackson County's Board of Supervisors briefly met with all of the county's department heads to discuss the resignation of County Administrator George Touart on Wednesday.

Touart abruptly turned in his resignation Tuesday after serving the county for the past 13 years. Touart says he has been considering resigning for sometime.

"It's time to move on," Touart said. "I wish this Board of Supervisors all the best."

The resignation comes just weeks before the county starts preparing for next year's budget. Drawing up a budget is a project the county administrator is responsible for, but Board President Frank Leach insists having someone new in the job won't impact the process.

"In the short term, we have to pull together and work through this process," Leach said. "I can say for certain that any time you have a change in administrative leadership, it is never timely, but we are going to work through it. We also have support from the director of finance, Lynn Hunter, who is also a vital link in that. In the short term, we have to pull together and work through this process."

Each department is scheduled to turn in a budget request in three weeks.

George Touart says he isn't retiring from public service but has not decided what he will do next.

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