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12-7-2010 Jim Lavender Retirement

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12-7-2010 Jim Lavender Retirement
Jim Lavender, Assistant County Manager, Public Works, has dedicated thirty-five years of service enriching the lives of Lee County residents and visitors alike; and Whereas: Jim started his career in Lee County as a lifeguard at the Pine Island Pool, however, it wasn’t long before his commitment to excellence and his “get it done” attitude propelled him into leadership positions throughout the years; and Whereas: During his tenure in Parks and Recreation, Jim was instrumental in the opening of the county’s first regional park, known as Lakes Park; and Whereas: Jim’s proven skills and abilities became evident as he emerged as a key player in the planning and construction of the Lee County Sports Complex, a high quality facility enjoyed year round by baseball players and fans of all ages; and Whereas: Under Jim’s leadership, numerous major public works infrastructure projects were completed including roads, bridges, parks, libraries, utility and solid waste facilities, correctional facilities, baseball complexes, and more; and Whereas: Jim has fostered cooperative relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, the citizens, local, state and federal leaders and employees and county staff; and Whereas: Jim’s colleagues describe him as a mentor, a leader, a role model, a friend, a gentleman, and an overall class act who will be missed personally and professionally for his vast institutional knowledge; and Whereas: Jim’s legacy includes lasting structures, the trust and affection of the community, and many meaningful friendships. Jim’s is a life well lived and a retirement well deserved. NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida that we do hereby convey our sincere appreciation for his long-time service and recognize his outstanding contributions to Lee County. As a sign of gratitude for his commitment and unending dedication to the County, we proudly re-named the Bokeelia boat ramp, Lavender’s Landing. Duly Executed this 7th day of December 2010.