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Senior Services head resigns
Island County Senior Services Director Mike McIntyre announced his resignation last week to the agencys board of directors.
McIntyres eight-year tenure is nearly twice as long as any of his predecessors and will finish at the end of January, he said.
It just wears you out, he said. You spend enormous hours, which is fine, except after a while it takes so much out of you and you need to see something different.
McIntyre said that it was a combination of factors that led to his departure. But he leaves the organization as it prepares to enter 2005 with a nearly $70,000 budget shortfall and the possible cessation of meal services in Oak Harbor.
Since McIntyre took over, he has been able to increase the programs budget by nearly doubling it to its current $2.1 million. He has also overseen the development of the thrift store in Freeland. That business has grown more than seven fold, grossing approximately $550,000 annually.
McIntyre said running the programs has been increasingly difficult as of late, though.
Were just trying to keep pace with the increase of demand from an increasing senior population that we have here, McIntyre said.
According to a report from the agency, it estimates that by 2025, Island Countys senior population will double to 35,497, which would account for approximately 35 percent of the countys population.
Mike Moore, president of the agencys board of directors, said that losing McIntyre would be difficult for the agency.
Good heavens, its like hes the guy whos driving the wagons, Moore said. He has such a passion for what he was doing.
McIntyre said the grueling nature of running a non-profit agency has drained him. He said he averages two and a half days off per month.
The board will begin its search for a replacement Nov. 30, he said.
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