Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Hernando County's director of human resources resigns

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BROOKSVILLE — Cheryl Marsden, director of human resources for Hernando County, resigned Tuesday, effective immediately.

"I just need to move on,'' said Marsden, who was hired five years ago. "It's been a long five years, but it's been okay. There are just other things that I'm looking at and I want to explore."

Marsden, 53, headed up the department during a difficult time for the county, as declining property values and property tax collections forced substantial budget cuts. Marsden was there through downsizing, buyouts and furloughs and as employees organized under the Teamsters union. She helped negotiate the first union contract and headed up the county's bargaining team for several years.

She said she would take her experiences into whatever she does next, possibly involving public speaking, the training arena or regional human resources work.

In December 2010, Marsden was named director of administrative services for the county. In September, several of the employees reporting to her were moved under other supervisors, and she again became director of human resources.

Marsden found herself in the headlines in 2011, when her secretary, Josephine "Jo Jo" DiViccaro, alleged that Marsden had struck her with some papers when she was reading a newspaper. DiViccaro was fired for filing a false report. Later, the county's Personnel Advisory Committee found DiViccaro had broken county rules by taking her claim to the news media.

Marsden came to Hernando County after spending seven years as director of human resources for Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill. Previously, she had worked in human resources for private companies.

George Zoettlein, assistant county administrator, said the human resources position will be posted this week. Jerry Haines, the county's workers compensation and safety manager, will serve as interim human resources director.

Marsden's salary was $98,880; her payout for unused personal leave was $7,424.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1434.

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