Longtime Finance Director Byrd resigns

Longtime city of Clewiston Finance Director Ted Byrd turned in his letter of resignation Monday afternoon.

Byrd, a 13-year veteran of the city, has overseen its finances since he was hired for the position in February 2002.

Byrd has worked to balance the city’s budget through economic highs and severe economic lows, including the recession of the late 2000s.

He has also worked with several different boards and several different city managers throughout his nearly 14 years with the city.

Byrd’s resignation comes after several shifts have been made in city hall in the past few months, including the retirement of former City Clerk Marilyn McCorvey and the subsequent appointment of current City Clerk Shari Howell.

Howell, who has worked for the city since 1988, had previously worked in the finance department with Byrd as the finance manager.

One day after Byrd’s resignation, City Manager Al Perry remarked that Byrd was “a good guy” and though the vacancy will mean some extra work for employees until it can be filled, city hall is “moving forward.”

The city manager will now be charged with advertising the new vacancy to fill the position.

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