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Questions surround Lumpkin’s departure

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 8:47 am



A shocking announcement last Thursday revealed that the residents of Essex County will be losing their deputy county administrator of several years.

On June 20, Greater Dist. Supervisor and Chairman Stanley Langford told the Northern Neck News that Linda Lumpkin would be retiring as of July 31.

A memo sent to all county employees and signed by all four county supervisors confirmed Langford’s statement.

Lumpkin will be taking leave from her position until her official retirement date.

Shortly after the news became public, the Essex TEA Party erected a sign that derided the county’s

stance on Lumpkin’s departure.

When asked why the TEA Party put up the sign, member Bernie Buchanan said it was to “cause public inquiry into her sudden ‘retirement.’”

According to Langford, Lumpkin was instrumental in several projects and spurred economic development in the county.

Questions regarding Lumpkin’s departure, including rumors that she had been using county employees to manicure her lawn while on taxpayers’ time, were deferred by County Administrator Reese Peck to Langford, who had no comment outside of the county’s official statement as of presstime.