ST. LUCIE COUNTY — County Administrator Faye Outlaw announced Friday she will resign effective May 14.
"I have struggled with this decision for more than a year and have now come to terms with the need to be closer to family and become more involved in my grandchildren's lives," Outlaw said in a press statement. "Before relocating, I plan to take a much needed respite and do some traveling."
Outlaw started in the job in 2009 after being promoted from assistant county administrator where she started in 2004.
"It truly has been a pleasure to work for the residents and businesses of St. Lucie County," Outlaw said in the statement. "Alongside the various County Commissioners and dedicated County staff, we have withstood a number of obstacles, most of which were created by forces outside our control. I am extremely proud of our progress and the way that we have bonded together to weather these storms."
County spokesman Erick Gill wrote in an email to Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that Outlaw had no further comment Friday.
County Commission Chairman Tod Mowery said he was surprised by the announcement.
"We were not expecting this," Mowery said. "It wasn't something that had been discussed."
Outlaw's tenure included a massive drop in property values that impacted the county's budget and led to a number of cost-cutting measures.
"She had to enter her position at a time when clearly the county was going through some tough financial struggles," Mowery said. "I think she admirably, nobly stepped up to perform the duties to an amazing level.
"I think she did an exceptional job at trying to help us through that tough period and to leave the county in a better position than where she found it when she took over."