Collier County manager released from Naples hospital



— Collier County Manager Jim Mudd was released from NCH Downtown Naples Hospital on Saturday, and is home resting comfortably.

He even made a short appearance at county offices Monday.

Mudd was tested last Tuesday for a possible brain tumor, and underwent surgery Thursday.

“Mr. Mudd was in the office yesterday and today to meet with his staff,” county spokesman John Torre said Tuesday afternoon.

“He is continuing to recuperate at home and will be working from his home for the most part, with occasional visits to the office as his schedule permits. The family is especially grateful for all of the many, many get well wishes, prayers, and kind words of support that have been extended to them.”

Commissioner Fred Coyle said he’s been with Mudd through the entire ordeal.

“I’ve talked to him extensively, and been talking with him,” Coyle said Tuesday afternoon.

Coyle wasn’t there when Mudd, 56, visited the Collier County Government Complex on Monday, but Mudd told him about his visit.

As for Mudd’s prognosis, Coyle said Mudd is “doing well, very positive and looking forward to getting back to work,” but said he couldn’t comment on whether the tumor was malignant or benign.

Coyle said he really couldn’t go into details, out of respect for Mudd’s privacy.

Asked when Mudd would return to work, Coyle said he wasn’t sure, but reiterated that Mudd is “very positive” about his experience.

North Naples Fire Commissioner Jim Burke said he received a positive update from Commissioner Frank Halas on Saturday while Mudd was still in the hospital, however, Halas could not be reached for comment.

A retired U.S. Army Colonel — and district engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District in Rock Island, Ill. — Mudd took over as county manager on July 15, 2002. Prior to that appointment, Mudd served as public utilities administrator and deputy county manager.

Neither Jim Mudd nor his wife Toni could be reached for comment Tuesday.

Mudd graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1974 and earned a master’s degree in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1982. He is also a Gulf War veteran.

The Mudds have two children: Ryan, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, and Kati, an ensign in the U.S. Navy.

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