Steven Lachnicht in courthouse

Assistant County Administrator Steven Lachnicht, second from left, talks with Public Works Director Randall Olney and then-Community Services Director Tobey Phillips during a break in a July 2019 county commission meeting. Lachnicht plans to resign June 4.

Citrus County will be in the market for a new assistant administrator for the second time in three years following Steven Lachnicht’s decision to resign.

Lachnicht, in a letter Monday to County Administrator Randy Oliver, said his last day will be June 4.

The former growth management director in Alachua County, Lachnicht has served in Citrus County since July 2019. His roles in Citrus included running departments of growth management and community services while their director slots were vacant.

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He said in an interview that it was time to leave.

“It’s more fun being a director than being assistant county manager,” Lachnicht said. “I like working with Randy. There’s no animosity at all. I just reached a point to take a break and try different things.”

Lachnicht, who earns $121,002 annually in Citrus County, said he has no other jobs lined up.

Oliver said Lachnicht filled a need.

“He had a heavy planning background and we were hurting in planning,” he said.

Oliver said the person who follows Lachnicht should be “similar but different.” Asked how different, he said: “I want to get somebody more assertive.”

Lachnicht is Oliver’s second hire for assistant administrator. His first, James Mallon, lasted just three months after being hired in November 2018; he resigned after elected to a New Jersey borough council in his hometown.

Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan said he hopes Oliver chooses someone without familiarity in Citrus County.

“We’ll wait to see what happens,” he said. “It’s Randy’s call to make.”

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