NEW PORT RICHEY — One of Pasco County’s top administrators has resigned after just 18 months on the job.
Assistant County Administrator Suzanne Salichs submitted her resignation Feb. 18 but has agreed to remain on the job until County Administrator Michele Baker can find a replacement. The term is open-ended, but Salichs said she hopes to be able to leave by June.
Salichs manages more than 400 county employees as the administrator for public services, which includes Animal Services, Community Development, Parks, Libraries, Elderly Nutrition and Public Transportation.
Salichs said her decision “was more personal than anything else.” A longtime administrator in Miami, Salichs said she had pressing family obligations in south Florida.
“I lost my mother last year, and I really didn’t take the time to deal with it,” she said. “I took three days because that’s what the county allows.”
Salichs replaced Dan Johnson, who retired in 2013 after having held the position for 35 years. “It’s challenging to come to a new community, but the people here were so kind and the staff takes a lot of pride in their work,” she said.
Commissioner Pat Mulieri praised Salichs for her leadership in helping her departments face daunting challenges over the last year. “She did such a great job on that Citizens Academy, and with Animal Services – we would never have had the Save 90 program without her,” Mulieri said.
“It’s a tremendous loss to Pasco County,” she continued. “She is a creative person and she thinks outside of the box. She has such great ideas and is willing to work to achieve them.”
Baker has already begun interviewing candidates for the job.