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Published: Jun 25, 2013 2:43 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lee County Commissioners voted 5-0 to enter into a contract with Roger Desjarlais as the next Lee County Manager.

Desjarlais will oversee a $1.76 billion budget and 2,457 employees. His start date is scheduled for Monday, July 1.

Desjarlais comes to the position from the Lee Count Property Appraiser Office, where he will resign his post as Chief Deputy. He served as Broward County Manager from 1998 to 2005, overseeing a $2.5 billion budget and 6,500 employees. Prior to that, his career was with Lee County government as a paramedic, EMS Director, Public Safety Director, Community Services Director and Assistant County Manager, a post he left in late1997 to head to Broward.

Desjarlais holds a Bachelor’s Degree in public administration from Miami-based Barry University.

Desjarlais replaces Interim County Manager Doug Meurer, who commissioners appointed last November while launching a national search.