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Hernando County human resources director resigns

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2014 at 07:14 PM

Cheryl Marsden wrote a letter, dated March 18, to Assistant County Administrator George Zoettlein saying her resignation was effective immediately.

Marsden, who was with the county for five years, did not give notice. Instead, she wrote a letter, dated March 18, to Assistant County Administrator George Zoettlein saying her resignation was effective immediately.

In an email to Hernando Today, Marsden said, "I have decided it is time for me to explore other opportunities."

Jerry Haines, workers compensation and safety manager, will serve as the interim human

resources manager.

"We will have the position posted this week and begin the process of finding a replacement,"Zoettlein said.

Marsden made $98,880 annually and will get a cash payout from the county of $7,424.

Marsden made headlines in February 2011 when Josephine "Jo-Jo' DiVaccaro, a secretary in the Human Resources Office, filed a complaint against Marsden, her boss, for allegedly striking her on the arm.

Marsden denied the allegation and the county dismissed the complaint, saying DiVaccaro violated county policy by coming forward with her story to Hernando Today.

At the time, Marsden had been recently promoted to director of administrative services and her duties expanded to more than just the Human Resources Department. She was one of six department managers on then-County Administrator David Hamilton's leadership team, which he formed as part of a streamlining measure.

Marsden's title was changed back to director of Human Resources in 2013 following a government reorganization.

County Commission Chairman Wayne Dukes said he was surprised after learning of Marsden's resignation.

But Dukes said government employees leave all the time for various reasons and there is no reason to speculate that Marsden's sudden departure was anything more than for personal reasons.

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