By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) bid a fond farewell to long-time County Manager Michael Lamar at his last official meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Lamar resigned last month to take a city manager position across the country. Lamar will take over as the city manager for Prescott, Arizona later this fall.
BOC Chairman Donald Harris praised Lamar for his unyielding and tireless efforts to run and improve Morgan County.
“We all just want to thank Michael for his dedication and determination,” said Harris. “He will be missed and we may still call him sometimes for help.”
Commissioner Ellen Warren recalled the many accomplishments achieved under Lamar’s leadership.
“I was a commissioner when Michael first joined us over 11 years ago and I can say he didn’t have as much gray hair back then,” joked Warren. “It has been a very productive time.” Warren gave credit to Lamar for the new courthouse, new roads and bridges, the establishment of the library and aquatic center, as well as for economic development projects like Farmview Markets and Mannington Mills.
“All you have done for us is much appreciated,” said Warren.
County Sheriff Robert Markley also expressed gratitude for Lamar’s service to the county.
“Thank you very much. You have accomplished a lot here and you have always had the county’s best interest at heart,” said Markley.
Lamar was moved by his colleagues’ adoration.
“It’s been a wonderful 11 years and I have enjoyed the relationships I have been able to make here in that time,” said Lamar. “It’s a bittersweet moment for me and my family. I appreciate all of you and how much you care about the place you live and work in.”
Michael Lamar will relocate to the scenic mountains of Arizona later this year with his wife, Deanna Lamar, former employee of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and Ferst Foundation, and daughter, Edie Lamar.