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Interim county administrator resigns

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Interim Marion County Administrator Bill Kauffman is heading in a new direction. On Friday, July 17, Kauffman announced his intention to resign, effective by Aug. 15, 2015. He will be joining the City of Ocala in the role of assistant city manager.

"I am blessed to have had this opportunity to work with our elected leaders and staff for the betterment of our community," said Kauffman, who joined Marion County in 2008. "Marion County is privileged to have a committed and dedicated workforce, and I am proud to have served them and our citizens through this advanced leadership role."

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners appointed Kauffman as interim administrator in December 2014. In this role, Kauffman implemented commission policies and directives, led the preparation of the proposed 2015-16 county budget and oversaw daily operations for 21 departments and three offices. Additionally, he managed all county-owned public facilities, as well as their maintenance and safety.

"Kauffman did an admirable job during this transition, and contributed great leadership during his participation in the budget process," said County Commission Chairman Stan McClain. "We wish him well in his next professional endeavors, and thank him for his committed service to the citizens of Marion County."

Kauffman previously served as the county's assistant county administrator for Public and Administrative Services. His responsibilities included: serving as principal advisor on policy decisions for the countywide budget, leading 10 county departments in the effective implementation of operational and capital improvements, and creating the Fiscal Review, Public Information and Strategic Services offices to achieve financial, communications and customer service improvements.

Kauffman has served on an interim basis since the November departure of the former county administrator.