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CHARLOTTE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR ROGER BALTZ BEGAN THE COMMISSION MEETING ON TUESDAY WITH A SURPRISE DISCUSSION ABOUT HIS STATUS AS ADMINISTRATOR THAT ENDED UP WITH HIM TENDERING HIS RESIGNATION.  WE BROKE THE STORY ON THE MORNING MAGAZINE PROGRAM THANKS TO MARK CHAPMAN OF THE ENGLEWOOD EDGE WHO SAID TWO COMMISSIONERS FELT IT WAS TIME FOR A CHANGE AT THE TOP.  CHAPMAN ALSO SAID THAT SKIDMORE WAS THE MAIN VOICE IN WANTING A CHANGE, AND HE FELT BALTZ WAS NOT DOING HIS JOB, WHICH IN TURN GAVE COMMISSIONERS MORE WORK TO DO.  ADAM CUMMINGS AND BOB STARR SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF BALTZ, MAKING TRICIA DUFFY THE SWING VOTE.  WHILE SHE LIKED THE JOB BALTZ WAS DOING, SHE FELT VOTING TO ACCEPT HIS RESIGNATION WAS DOING BALTZ A FAVOR.  UNDER THE AGREEMENT, BALTZ IS TO RECEIVE SIX MONTHS SEVERENCE PAY.  A SEARCH WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY TO FIND BALTZ’S SUCCESSOR.  ASSISTANT ADMINSTRATOR RAY SANDROCK WILL TAKE OVER ON AN INTERIM BASIS.