Cass County administrator resigns

Published 8:21 pm Monday, July 22, 2013

CASSOPOLIS — Cass County Administrator Louis Csokasy tendered his resignation Friday.

His contract calls for two months notice, which he provided in an email after a somewhat strained meeting Thursday night.



“I felt I had lost the support of the board,” Csokasy said Monday. “I really loved doing this, solving problems and moving things forward,” but ultimately it must be “what’s best for the county.”

Csokasy, former road commission manager for Cass and St. Joseph counties, was interim administrator when he received the full-time position in October in a 12-1 vote in which Dowagiac Commissioner Clark Cobb voted no.

Rather than wait until the scheduled time in October to evaluate Csokasy, the board voted 4-3 for Vice Chair Bernie Williamson’s motion to set a date for an earlier review, with August as her preference.

“Criteria for evaluating our administrator have to be set up and jointly reviewed. Otherwise, we’re in violation of the contract,” Commissioner Roseann Marchetti, of Edwardsburg, said.

Csokasy succeeded Charles Cleaver from Saginaw County as fourth administrator/controller when he accepted a $98,000 salary.

Cleaver followed Terry Proctor, who resigned effective March 12, 2010, after 20 years.

Chuck Clarke, former Benzie County administrator, served in the interim.