Editor’s note: Jim Mudd resigned last week after eight years as Collier County manager to devote his time and strength to his fight with brain cancer. The Daily News invited readers to submit tributes. They started in Sunday’s Perspective section and continue on our Editorial/Opinion pages this week. Here is the package that ran in editions of Oct. 6, 2009.
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Jim Mudd’s leadership set the standard for integrity and professionalism in this county and he exudes vision for tomorrow’s Collier County.
Having had the pleasure of working beside him as a cooperating agency, we are benefitted by his go-getter attitude in implementing many of today’s infrastructures, across the county.
Without his leadership and direction, many lethargic projects, such as the Lely Area Stormwater Improvement, Gordon River Water Quality Park and Golden Gate Parkway overpass, would not have been realities.
We admire his strength displayed during adversity and he has been an inspiration to those inside and outside the halls of government.
We are proud to have worked on your team, Jim, and wish you strength and Godspeed.
— Clarence Tears and staff
Big Cypress Basin
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Having worked with Jim Mudd in the county manager’s office for almost five years, I saw Jim dedicate himself to Collier County like no other county manager. Maintaining a grasp on all of the constantly moving pieces of the county is no easy feat, and Jim managed it with the grace, honesty and style of a truly gifted leader.
I only wish that everyone would have had the opportunity to work with Jim on a daily basis so that they too could have directly realized the selflessness and devotion this man had for the betterment of this county.
— Beth Johnssen
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We thank you, Jim, for your dedication and hard work in making Collier County an extraordinary place to live and work.
We were truly honored to have an individual with such an impressive background and commitment to his country at the helm of our small little corner of paradise. You leave this position with a legacy of strong and thoughtful leadership, and we extend our best wishes to you and your family.
— Your friends at
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Jim Mudd’s hard work, dedication, achievements and accomplishments will always be remembered by the citizens of Collier County.
Our prayers and thoughts are with him and his family during these trying days
— Rajah Indira
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Jim Mudd worked for Collier County for nine years — exactly nine years to the day. Maybe that’s just a coincidence, but it typifies who Jim is: precise, detail-oriented and, above all, engaged.
Jim was an amazing leader. I will remember him most for his sincerity and his common touch. He really wanted to make things (and all of us) better.
He expected us to buy into his vision, but he was also genuinely interested in and supportive of our goals and initiatives.
He demanded a lot from his staff, but was strikingly respectful of each of us personally and professionally.
— Steve Carnell
Purchasing/General Services director
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Jim, it has been both a privilege and honor to work for and with you. Your integrity, openness and honesty have been without question. You set the bar high and expected success, and those around you who know you were always willing to reach for and achieve the new standard — because you so effectively set the example.
— Paul Mattausch
Director, Water Department
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Wu Ch’I in the fourth century B.C. said: “Now there are five matters to which a general must pay strict heed. The first of these is administration; the second, preparedness; the third, determination; the fourth, prudence; and the fifth, economy.”
Living today he would have added a sixth; I recommend Jim Mudd should be your general.
— Ian Mitchell
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All of us at the Barron Collier Companies want to thank you, Jim, for your significant contributions to our community. We know you to be a man of honor, a man of his word, a man who without fail put the best interests of our county first.
We encourage you to celebrate your many accomplishments, as well as the many lives you have made better. We respectfully and fondly recognize the legacy you have created.
— Dolly Roberts
DBR Marketing Inc.
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Jim, we will miss you as our leader but will never forget your accomplishments as county manager and as our friend. You brought with you a good work ethic, integrity, an ability to build a very good team and a vision, and you made a wonderful Collier County that much better.
The county commissioners always respected you and looked to you for guidance, which you provided so well. You always provided the answers to our questions, even if they were answers we did not want to hear. You were a great community leader who always gave so much of yourself.
We send our sincere wishes for good health and hope you enjoy your retirement with family and friends.
Sincerest thanks to you for all you have done for us as individuals and for this great county.
— Ted Beisler
President, East Naples Civic Association
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Thank you for all you have done to lead our county. Thank you for your wisdom, your strength and your integrity. We will miss you.
May God bless you and keep you on your new journey.
— Nancy Gundlach
Collier County principal planner,
Community Development and