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Board of County Commissioners vote not to renew contract for county manager

By a majority vote of the Board of County Commissioners, the commission decided not to renew the contract for County Manager Hannes Zacharias. The 4-3 vote was taken following his annual review in executive session early this afternoon.

The action was not unanimous, but was supported by four of the seven commissioners. Those who voted not to renew the contract were: Commissioners Michael Ashcraft, Mike Brown, Steve Klika and Jason Osterhaus. Chairman Ed Eilert and Commissioners Jim Allen and Ron Shaffer voted against the motion to not renew the contract. 

“The vote does not reflect in any negative way on the moral, ethical or professional character of Mr. Zacharias,” Eilert said. “Mr. Zacharias is a true professional and will continue to carry out his responsibilities as county manager through Dec. 31.” 

Zacharias first joined the county in 2001 an assistant county manager and was promoted to deputy county manager in 2005 before becoming county manager in August 2009.

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