GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — One sentence is all former Mesa County Administrator, Frank Whidden left to explain his resignation.

The letter submitted Thursday afternoon simply reads: “In order to pursue other opportunities, I hereby resign as mesa county administrator effective immediately.”

Whidden had worked for Mesa County since 2011, taking over as County Administrator in December of 2014.

Whidden was named in a lawsuit filed in federal court that claims he laid off six people in the county’s IT department, leaving behind employees all under 40-years-old.

Mesa County says the motive behind his resignation after several months of paid leave is unknown to them.

Pete Baier, the Mesa County Deputy Administrator of Operations and Public Works will serve as acting county administrator, until the commissioners determine their plan to fill the position.

Commissioner McInnis indicates he sees no reason why Baier would not officially be named to the position in the next few weeks.

Whidden will receive no severance pay after leaving his position that paid him a $180,000 salary.

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