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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- St. Lucie County Administrator Faye Outlaw, MPA, IMCA, announced this week to County Commissioners and staff that she will be stepping down from her position, effective May 2014, for family reasons.
"I have struggled with this decision for more than a year and have now come to terms with the need to be closer to family and become more involved in my grandchildren's lives. Before relocating, I plan to take a much needed respite and do some traveling," Ms. Outlaw said.
Ms. Outlaw joined the St. Lucie County staff as Assistant County Administrator in 2004, before being promoted to County Administrator in 2009. During her time with St. Lucie County, she was named American City & County magazine's 2011 "County Leader of the Year" and was awarded the Florida City and County Managers Association's 2011 Career Excellence Award. The first female and minority administrator in St. Lucie's 100-year history, Ms. Outlaw's leadership helped the County earn more than 75 national and state awards in the past five years.
"It truly has been a pleasure to work for the residents and businesses of St. Lucie County. Alongside the various County Commissioners and dedicated County staff, we have withstood a number of obstacles, most of which were created by forces outside our control. I am extremely proud of our progress and the way that we have bonded together to weather these storms," added Ms. Outlaw.
St. Lucie County Commissioner Chairman Tod Mowery said the Board will be meeting in the near future to discuss how it plans to proceed in finding a new County Administrator. Since 1959, St. Lucie County has had seven administrators.
"The Board is grateful for Ms. Outlaw's years of leadership and dedication to St. Lucie County. We respect her decision to spend more time with her family and we wish her the best in her future endeavors," said Mr. Mowery. "We also have the upmost faith and confidence in the County staff that they will continue to move St. Lucie County forward during this transition period."
Prior to joining St. Lucie County, Outlaw spent more than 25 years working in local government, holding management positions in the cities of West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The West Palm Beach native is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University and received her Master's from Howard University.