Lisa Perry leaves IOW economic post

Published 5:58 pm Wednesday, August 6, 2014

ISLE OF WIGHT—Lisa Perry is no longer the executive director of Isle of Wight Economic Development, according to Don Robertson, county spokesman. The separation became effective Aug. 1, and was a voluntary one, he stated in an emailed response to questions from The Tidewater News. Robertson later stated that, “Department heads are expected to provide 30 days’ notice. That does not always occur. I don’t have a statement from Ms. Perry as to why she voluntarily resigned.”

Supervisor Delores “Dee Dee” Darden of the Windsor district was also asked for information and comment on the matter.

Darden said on the phone that Perry had been out on extended leave based on the Family and Medical Leave Act. She recalled that Perry had hurt her shoulder earlier this year.

However, Darden added, Perry was due back to work last Friday, but she didn’t show up or let anyone know why.

Part of the leave agreement was that not returning to work as agreed meant that the job would not be held for her.

“This was a clause that would apply to anybody,” said Darden.

“I think Lisa was a valuable employee,” she continued. “She helped bring Green Mountain Coffee here and other things. She did an adequate job. I wish her well.”

Supervisor Rex Alphin of the Carrsville District had nothing to add about the circumstance of Perry’s departure, and also hopes that she’ll do well.

“I appreciate all that Lisa has done for our area in economic development since she’s been here,” he said. “She was a joy to work with and I wish her much success in her future endeavors.”

Amy M. Ring has been named interim director of economic development. Ring was the business development manager at Isle of Wight County Economic Development.

She stated that was unable to comment on Perry’s departure.