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For immediate release - Nov. 5, 2004

Longtime Lake County senior director retires

TAVARES — After 15 years and 7 months of dedication to the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, officials and staff wished a happy retirement Tuesday to Sarah LaMarche, Director of the Office of Program Analysis and Contract Management.

LaMarche said it is was a “wonderful journey” from beginning as an assistant director of the County finance department, then being promoted to budget director and finally finishing her career with Lake County government as director of the newly formed Office of Program Analysis and Contract Management.

“The part of my job that I enjoyed was working with the various County departments and promoting accountability,” she said.

Staff wished LaMarche a well retirement with a celebration Tuesday morning. The event was followed up with a special recognition during the Board of County Commissioners meeting.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with the most amazing commissioners through the years,” she said to the Board. “This is the best staff of any organization anywhere in the world. I’m so proud to have known you and many of you I will keep up with as my best friends for the rest of my life.”

Among her top accomplishments was helping the County earn the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” for outstanding policy document, operations guide, communications device and special performance measure from the Government Finance Officers Association. Very few governments in the nation and Canada obtain the honor.

“All the changes we’ve been through since Sarah has been here has just been amazing,” said Commissioner Welton Cadwell. “No matter what the change was she was there with a smile on and ready to adapt to them. I just really appreciate her service.”

LaMarche and her husband Dallas are Mount Dora residents. She said she is looking forward to relaxing and giving back to the community during her retirement.

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

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