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York County Manager Jim Baker to resign, accepts job in Virginia

York County Manager Jim Baker said Monday he is leaving his post early next year to accept a similar position in Chesapeake City, Virginia. Baker said in an e-mail that his experience in York County, has, overall, been a great experience.

“The Chesapeake job is a new challenge for me and I believe I can offer them some worthwhile and relevant experience.  Most importantly, I think this opportunity is in the best interests of my family and I will be able to make a real difference there.” Baker said. “There are still some important tasks I’d like to accomplish before I leave and I also want to help York County prepare for a smooth transition to new leadership.”

York County Councilman Bump Roddey, though, said he wasn’t surprised by Baker’s resignation.

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Roddey, a first-term councilman himself, says the council faces a number of challenges ahead, including finding a new manager.

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Roddey says it’s not likely Baker’s successor will be found before he leaves. Baker’s resignation is effective January 11, 2012.

Baker came to York County in 2007 as the former manager of St. Louis, Mo.

York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell was not available for comment Tuesday night.

 

Full text of Baker’s statement:

After much deliberation and considerable soul searching, I have decided to accept an offer from the City of Chesapeake, Virginia to become their City Manager.  My tenure with York County has been, overall, a wonderful experience.  I feel we have accomplished a great deal together during the last five and a half years and I will very much miss all my friends, colleagues and co-workers here.  It will be very difficult to say goodbye.

The Chesapeake job is a new challenge for me and I believe I can offer them some worthwhile and relevant experience.  Most importantly, I think this opportunity is in the best interests of my family and I will be able to make a real difference there.  There are still some important tasks I’d like to accomplish before I leave and I also want to help York County prepare for a smooth transition to new leadership.  Accordingly, I will soon be submitting my resignation as County Manager, effective at the end of business on January 11, 2013.

I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone for the gracious way my family and I were enthusiastically accepted by the community when we first came here and for your continued support and good wishes over the years.  Though I will be leaving at the first of the year to begin my new job in Virginia, Susan and I plan to keep the home we built in York County for our retirement.  Our youngest son will still be living in this home as he completes his degree program at Winthrop University.  Therefore, we plan to remain invested in the York County community, albeit from a greater distance.

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