LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The on-again, off-again talks with Joyce Wilson to be the Lee County Manager, are off for good. Wilson, the city manager in El Paso, Texas, informed commissioners that she is removing herself from consideration.
"I believe she was talking all along with El Paso to see about getting more there," says Lee board chairman Cecil Pendergrass.
He was handling the talks with Wilson. He indicates, they never got closer than $50,000 part on salary and deferred compensation.
The focus now shifts to Roger Desjarlais, who was runner-up in the voting by commissioners for the manager's job. He is currently the Lee Deputy Property Appraiser. He says he is very excited about the opportunity. He begins contract talks with Pendergrass on Wednesday. Desjarlais says he anticipates a quick process to reach an agreement, and that he could be on the new job almost immediately after signing a contract.