Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Randy Wheeler Resigns
At about 11:30 p.m., the Board of Supervisors accepted the resignation of County Administrator Randy Wheeler after a nearly nine-hour meeting that contained votes on several hot-button issues.
Supervisors met briefly in closed session and when they came out, Wheeler gave a brief speech. He touched on the successes of the county under his leadership, specifically mentioning the Spotsylvania Medical Center, which opens in 2010, the three new fire stations that recently opened, the economic development growth here, the library expansions, Patriot Park, and the citizen satisfaction surveys that show continuous increases in the grades residents gave for quality of life.
"And most of all I am very proud of the over 800 men and women that I have had an opportunity to work with as a fellow employee of Spotsylvania County," Wheeler said. "I came home to Spotsylvania County five years go because I love this community and I thought I could make a difference, and I think I have. But now after five years I think the time has come for me to pursue other opportunities."
Wheeler did not say if he has another job opportunity available to him. Supervisors did not name an acting county administrator or mention anything about when they would begin a search for a new one.
Supervisors agreed to pay Wheeler a lump sum of $114,885, which is in line with his contract. The contract states that if he is terminated or resigns following a "suggestion" by a majority of the Board of Supervisors, he will get a lump-sum cash payment equal to six months of his salary and benefits.
Supervisor Gary Jackson voted against the motion to accept Wheeler’s resignation. He did not say why, but after the meeting he walked over to Wheeler, shook his hand, and said "I’m sorry, man."