Eau Claire (WQOW) - Eau Claire County Administrator Todd McCarty will end his 17-year term and move to be Stillwater, Minnesota's city administrator.
Eau Claire County Supervisor Colleen Bates was a part of the committee that hired McCarty almost two decades ago.
“We were impressed with his professionalism, and his warm personality, his ability to be so succinct,” Bates said. “I think, obviously, it's going to be hard to see him go. If we could clone him we would!”
McCarty said he has no regrets from his 17 year term.
“Any job that you're in for a long period of time, there's always issues that arise or things that happen,” McCarty said. “Regardless of all of the trudging through, or the difficult times you might say, the bottom line is that this county is able to move forward.”
However, he admits there are still tasks left on the table, which he said could easily be a list 40 deep. “There's probably a list of things it would have been great to move along on, further than we have, but I think by and large we've been pretty successful moving things down the path,” McCarty said.
Completing the county jail project has kept his head held high. The project lasted approximately 10 years and took several people to complete it “Remodeling of this facility, revamping the mechanical systems and moving people around, it was an extensive project,” McCarty said.
Now, the search is on to fill McCarty's seat.
“I know there have to be other people out there that have similar qualities, but right now, it's hard to imagine that,” Bates said.
McCarty's last day is Friday. Eau Claire County Lawyer Keith Zehms will take over as acting county administrator until a replacement is found.