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County accepts Pardee’s resignation

Lake County’s Board of Commissioners accepted Property and Lands Mgr. Bob Pardee’s resignation, effective as of May 15, at their regular session held March 20.

The action followed discussion during a Tuesday, March 19, work session in which the commissioners and Pardee discussed his desire to accept a position with AccTech, a firm with which the county contracts for technology services.

When the county contracted with the firm, part of the agreement was a mutual clause regarding recruitment of employees from either party.

Commissioner Dan Shoun said that negotiating the transition as Pardee’s final days with the county approach will take place between computer services, led by Admin. Asst. Denise Thorsted, and AccTech’s Brad Brown.

“Both sides of this want to be a smooth transition,” Shoun said.

In contracting with the county, AccTech expanded sufficiently to provide for an on-site information technology position, which is what Pardee pursued.

During the March 19 work session discussion, Lake County Airport Mgr. Bert Young asked what would be required to keep Pardee on board, as Young strongly advocated for Pardee to remain in his position. Young suggested management changes with the commissioners, in light of project priorities overseen by Pardee.

Shoun replied that the decision is Pardee’s to resign, and noted he had to measure his words carefully in light of the personnel-related nature of the discussion.

Young reflected on the varied projects currently in play with the airport, such as the five-year improvement plan, and the Connect Oregon IV grant process with the railroad.

“That’s Bob’s call, but I’d sure like him to stay,” he said.

Pardee responded to the discussion in acknowledging that he has enjoyed his years with the county, but ultimately his decision is with what’s best for all involved in mind.

“I love what I do, and I love what I do for the county and with the county,” he said. “I think this is in the best interest of everyone involved.”

Commissioner Ken Kestner asked Pardee if his previous interest in management of the airport had negated, which Pardee affirmed. After weighing out pros and cons, he said he decided against that pursuit, due to the demands of the job versus the historical and current pay.

“When I put all my pros and cons together, this seems like the best fit for me,” he said.

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