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12-14-10 David Owens Retirement

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12-14-10 David Owens Retirement
The County Attorney, as the Legal Advisor to the Board of County Commissioners, is charged with providing timely and accurate legal advice to the Board of County Commissioners on all aspects of government-related laws to ensure Lee County’s compliance with all federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations; and Whereas: The position of County Attorney is one of the more important positions in Lee County Government; and Whereas: After working as a criminal prosecutor in the State Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit, David M. Owen began his career with the Lee County Attorney’s Office on July 31, 1986 and was appointed as the County Attorney on January 25, 2005; and Whereas: David M. Owen has well and faithfully served the Board of County Commissioners and the citizens of Lee County continuously for over 24 years; and has the distinction of being only the third full-time County Attorney for Lee County; and Whereas: David M. Owen has provided legal advice and representation for innumerable issues brought before the County Commission as well as many important and complex projects such as: development of the County legal documents for the creation of the Lee County Port Authority; Justice Center Annex; Fort Myers City/County Complex Building; SunTrust Building purchase; Fort Myers Beach Sewer System Expansion; East Lee County Sewer System; MidPoint Bridge; Sanibel Bridges and Causeway replacement; Waste-to-Energy Facility and its expansion; Hendry County Landfill; purchase of the City of Palms Park; the transitions of two new municipalities - the Town of Fort Myers Beach and the City of Bonita Springs; Dunbar Enclaves Annexation; adoption of the Lee County Charter and Amendments; Conservation 2020 Land Acquisition Program; Comprehensive Plan issues; acquisition of the Babcock Ranch lands; acquisitions of the Florida Cities Utility and Gulf Utility Systems; Treeline Avenue construction; School Impact Fee implementation; Density Reduction/Groundwater Resource (“DRGR”) matters; legal issues concerning discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River; recovery process following Hurricane Charley, the first hurricane to make landfall in Lee County since Hurricane Donna in 1960; phosphate mining litigation; closure of the Lee County Landfill; the new County Parking Garage; and providing legal opinions as the County’s Counsel for $492 Million of County Revenue Bonds from May, 2004 to December, 2010; and Whereas:David M. Owen has performed his duties with the highest level of professionalism, integrity and competency; and is a well-known and well-respected member of the legal profession; and Whereas: David M. Owen is now electing to retire from his position as the Lee County Attorney at the conclusion of the business day on January 3, 2011. NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, desires to recognize and thank David M. Owen for his 24 years of service to Lee County while employed with the Lee County Attorney’s Office, and as the Lee County Attorney. Duly Executed this 14th day of December 2010.