TAVARES — Carol Stricklin, Director of the Lake County Department of Growth Management, turned in a letter of resignation Tuesday and will officially leave her post with Lake County in mid-December.
Stricklin was hired in November 2005 and is credited with reorganizing Growth Management and bringing a professional approach and look to one of the County's most visited departments. During her two years on the job, Stricklin helped develop the public-lands and impact-fee sections in the Department, as well as oversee the smooth transition of the Geographic Information Systems Division to the Office of Information Technology.
In a correspondence with staff, Stricklin wrote, "I have accepted a career opportunity on the west coast of Florida and will be leaving Lake County in mid-December. This was a difficult decision for me because I value and greatly enjoy my position here. I am extremely proud to have worked with such a talented and dedicated group of employees."
Formerly Assistant Community Development Director for the City of Largo, Stricklin has more than 20 years of experience in growth management. She has also previously worked for the Renaissance Planning Group, Orange County Planning Division and the City of Orlando Long Range Planning Section.
"Carol Stricklin has been a valuable director for Lake County, and we wish her well in her new endeavor," said County Manager Cindy Hall. "We acknowledge all of the good work that Carol has accomplished on behalf of Lake County. She helped build the Department of Growth Management during a period of transition with the comprehensive planning process and decreased residential construction."