POSTED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 9:09am
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 5:07pm
Joyce Wilson has withdrawn from consideration for the Lee County Manager position.
Lee County Officials confirmed that officials could not agree on pay for Wilson.
News Channel Nine has obtained the letter Wilson sent Lee County Commissioner Chair Cecil L. Pendergrass, the letter is as follows:
Commissioner Pendergrass, after careful consideration I have decided to stop negotiations and withdraw from consideration for the Lee County position. Since negotiations were relatively far apart after Friday and the outcome uncertain, I have been urged to reconsider leaving El Paso by the newly-elected Mayor and other members of City Council, along with leaders in the business community. There are several major projects now underway and I would like to be able to see them through to closure if possible. Even though the Lee County position is attractive and certainly the community would be a great place to live and work, the option to remain here and finish out my public sector career without relocating is equally attractive and certainly less disruptive.
I apologize for the back and forth on this but I sincerely believe this is the right decision for me personally. I wish you the very best for the County and your pursuits for a new leader.
I am happy to visit with you personally by phone regarding this decision, but felt it important to submit it formally in writing prior to the Commission meeting today to avoid the discussion about salary requirements and additional negotiations.
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