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UPDATE: SCG officials still working out new executive director search

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Information regarding the resignation of Sun City Grand's executive director has been difficult to come by, though officials with the community have said they will discuss the issue when they can.

Mitzi Mills submitted her resignation Tuesday, Oct. 1, effective Oct. 14. However, it was later learned from SCG officials that she was allowed to leave that day.

Ms. Mills had been leading the planned Del Webb community in northern Surprise since 2007.

No successor was immediately named, and it remained unclear Friday morning who was in charge of the community's overall management.

Board of Directors President Cheryl Josephson said Sun City Grand officials were working out details of plans for interim operations and to seek a new executive director and would provide them as soon as they are able.

Ms. Mills did not immediately disclose the reasons for her move. But a copy of her letter. posted on the community's website, addressed the decision.

“I am leaving with a very heavy heart and much sadness, I have loved working at Sun City Grand, serving each of you and being a part of this community,” Ms. Mills stated in a letter to board President Cheryl Josephson in a letter dated Oct. 1.

“I wish you and Sun City Grand only the best. You have a wonderful qualified staff here at Sun City Grand, and the only thing that exceeds their talents is their dedication, so I know I am leaving you in very good hands,” the letter continued.

Sharon Blatnik, communications director for SCG, said Ms. Mills informed the board and Community Association Management staff of her decision Tuesday morning.

Ms. Mills confirmed in an e-mail that 10 minutes after submitting her letter, she was escorted off the premises by SCG personnel.

The board of directors is expected to begin soliciting applications for a new executive director. Sun City Grand officials did not immediately announce plans for day-to-day management of the community.

News editor Jeff Grant can be reached at jgrant@newszap.com or 623-445-2805.

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