“She’s been absolutely stupendous, a great support for me and the rest of the staff in general,” said Eagle Point City Administrator Dave Hussell, as he acknowledged City Recorder/Administrative Assistant Dena Roberts had submitted her resignation effective Feb. 10.
“It’s time to be near family,” said Roberts. She and her husband are originally from Virginia. She has two sisters there and one who recently moved to Florida. Roberts has accepted a position as the Para Legal/Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President General Counsel and Secretary of nTelos, a major east coast telephone company.
“I love Eagle Point. It is so warm and friendly and in such a beautiful location,” said Roberts. “This was the hardest thing to do, but I am excited about being near family again.”
“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Dena. She’s touched everyone,” said Hussell.
When Mayor Bob Russell received the email Roberts sent to the council last Thursday evening, he said “I felt like I’d been hit in the gut. We owe Dena deep gratitude for all the hard work she has done,” said Russell.
Roberts and her family moved to Southern Oregon 10 years ago. She was Executive Assistant to the President of Southern Oregon University. She joined the city of Eagle Point staff and moved to Eagle Point six years ago.
“Dena is so diligent and so motivated,” said the city’s legal counsel, Joe Kellerman.
Upon hearing of Roberts’ resignation, former Mayor Leon Sherman said, “she’s absolutely the most efficient person. She is always one step ahead all the time. “A great lady who will be greatly missed.”
“She had the right skills and personality and has been part of a team, part of our family at city hall,” said Hussell. “But family commitments should come first.”
Roberts and her husband and 17-year-old son will call Waynesboro, Va., population just over 22,000, home when she begins her new position Feb. 27.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent