Lauderdale County is now looking for a new administrator. Mike Sumrall, in the job for the past two years, submitted his resignation to the board of supervisors Monday. It was accepted on a 3-2 vote, with Ray Boswell and Wayman Newell voting 'no'.
"He is a very knowledgeable man. Lauderdale County was lucky to have him as an administrator," said Newell.
After he tried to resign back in January, supervisors Florey, Boswell, and Newell went to Sumrall and asked him to stay, which he did. This time, Florey said Sumrall made his decision and he wasn't going to try and convince him otherwise a second time.
"That is his personal decision," said Florey. "He has health issues, and we have him and his sister on the prayer list."
"I was willing to go in January. And then the board members came to me," said Sumrall referring to the three who asked him to stay in the position.
Sumrall's time in the job has been full of budget troubles and disagreements between the supervisors. Sumrall was often caught in the middle.
"I don't have any hard feelings," said Sumrall. "I haven't the whole time. It was just a job issue. It doesn't matter which supervisor it was."
And now supervisors will start the hiring process. Sumrall has offered to help on a part-time basis. Sumrall's last day will be May 30, 2010.
The position will have to be advertised first, and then the interview process will start.
Sumrall spent his entire professional career in state and local government.
He worked in the Mississippi Auditor's Office for 18 years, before taking over as administrator and chief financial officer for Forrest County.
Sumrall ran unsuccessfully for state auditor, as a Democrat, in 2007.