Collier County Public Services Division Administrator Marla Ramsey announced her resignation from county government effective April 13.
"Marla worked tirelessly for the betterment of our community," said County Manager Leo Ochs in a statement. “As Public Services Administrator and, prior to that, as director of Parks and Recreation, Marla was responsible for overseeing the development of a number of new recreational facilities which are enjoyed every day by thousands of residents and visitors. She has been a well respected leader within our organization who understood the need and the challenge to provide and maintain services for all areas of our county. She has served us well and I wish her success in all of her future endeavors.”
Ramsey, who makes $124,105 in her current position, joined Collier County government in 1997 as Parks and Recreation Director. She was promoted to Public Services Administrator in December 2004.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the hard working families of this community,” Ramsey said in a statement. “I know that my team will continue to provide passionate, high quality services and programs to enhance the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Collier County. I am proud of all that has been achieved during my 15 years as a leader within Parks and Recreation and the Public Services Division, especially the creation of exceptional public parks, museums and libraries. I will continue to work hard in the weeks ahead to ensure a smooth transition for the next person who will lead this division.”
Collier County Spokesman John Torre said Ramsey did not give a reason for her resignation. As administrator, Ramsey oversaw Coastal Zone Management, Domestic Animal Services, the Museums, the Collier County Public Library, University Extension, the Health Department, the Parks & Recreation Department and the Housing, Human and Veteran Services Department. Some of those departments have come under fire in recent months. Among those issues, were the discovery that the Housing Department paying contractors for work that was not completed, and the state looking to recoup more than $100,000 in costs for more than 57,000 meals that it believes the county “overclaimed” in 2009 and 2010 as part of the its summer food program run by the Parks & Recreation Department.
Ochs will name an interim administrator for the Public Services Division in the near future, according to a press release.