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Scott administrator resigns to take post in Alleghany County

CLIFFORD JEFFERY • Feb 7, 2007 at 8:51 AM

GATE CITY - Scott County officials will have a couple of months to find a replacement for their top man.

Scott County Administrator John Strutner submitted his resignation to the county Board of Supervisors Wednesday morning, effective April 7.

"Mr. Strutner has been an asset to the county, and he leaves the county in great financial shape," said board Chairman David Redwine.

Strutner came to Scott County from Lake Lure, N.C., in March 1999.

Strutner was snowed in at Lexington, Ky., Wednesday and did not attend the board meeting. But supervisors noted the accomplishments made in the county since he was hired.

"I want each of you, the county staff, and the entire community of Scott County to know that my decision to accept the offer from Alleghany County came only after much serious thought, prayer and deliberation," Strutner said in his resignation letter. "Scott County is, and has been since I arrived here in March 1999, a fine place for my family and me. I have enjoyed a good run here as county administrator."

"Those of us in the local government management field realize that you need to re-energize periodically - to seek a change of scenery and new set of challenges, opportunities and responsibilities. My new position offers the chance to grow professionally," he said.

"The daily operations of Scott County will be left in the hands of a good, experienced and capable staff in whom I have the highest confidence and hold in high respect. They will keep things moving forward in a smooth and effective manner until you engage your next county administrator. I want to express my sincere appreciation to all past and current county employees for their dedication, hard work and loyalty to me.

"I appreciate the respect and support I have received from this board, as well as the two prior boards I had the privilege to serve, and especially to the three gentlemen who served as the board's chairmen during my tenure here: Kenneth Hensley, Frank ‘Sarge' Reed and David Redwine.

"It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve Scott County for the past eight years," he said.

The Alleghany County Board of Supervisors appointed Strutner as the next Alleghany County administrator at a board meeting Tuesday.

Assistant County Administrator Kathie Noe sat in Strutner's seat during Wednesday's Scott County Board of Supervisors meeting, but Strutner will continue as administrator in Scott County for some time.

Over the next 60 days, the board will organize a plan to attract and hire a new administrator, Redwine said.

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