More than 100 residents, county officials and business leaders stopped by Minden Inn on Thursday to bid farewell to County Manager Steve Mokrohisky who is bound for Oregon.
He was toasted at an open house that also was an opportunity for people to meet interim County Manager Larry Werner, who takes over Monday.
Commissioner Nancy McDermid presented Mokrohisky with a framed picture of Carson Valley accompanied by a recent Record-Courier headline that read, “Leaving behind ‘heaven on earth.’”
“Remember, you said this in the last interview you did,” McDermid said.
Mokrohisky, 36, said his departure for his new position as Lane County (Ore.) public administrator was “bittersweet.”
“I hope the next person who is blessed enough to come here likes it as much as we did,” Mokrohisky said, referring to his wife Liz and their two daughters.
“This is a wonderful community. Thank you so much for your support,” he said.
Mokrohisky came to Douglas County in 2009 from Milwaukee, Wis. He became county manager in August 2011 with the departure of T. Michael Brown who relocated to Hillsboro, Ore.
Werner, 66, is under a six-month contract with Douglas County during the nationwide search for a new county manager.
Werner retired in December as Carson City manager. He is a Douglas County resident and worked as public works director in 1992.