EL CENTRO – After almost 26 years of devoted service for the County of Imperial, the Imperial County Intergovernmental Relations Director, Gary Wyatt of Brawley, is set to retire on September 1, 2016.
“I end the Imperial County employee portion of my life as I begin it… filled with thankfulness, excitement, happiness and hope,” said Wyatt. “I have enjoyed most of my time at the county and have discovered great people and friends everywhere I turned. I have also had a rather unique experience here.”
Mr. Wyatt joined the County of Imperial in September 1990 as a Crime Prevention Officer with the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office. He worked with the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years subsequently becoming a Crime Prevention Supervisor, before being elected to the Imperial County Board of Supervisors in 2000.
During his 12 year tenure as an Imperial County Supervisor, Mr. Wyatt represented District 4 and was extensively involved with many county initiatives and worked closely with his fellow board members to increase the quality of life for its residents. Some of the efforts he led while a member of the Board was to restructure and reorganize county services, including expanding services in the north end of the county therefore increasing access to services. Additionally, he played a large role in the development of the Imperial County Public Benefit Program in an effort to maximize the benefits of solar energy development in Imperial County while mitigating losses to agricultural production and assisting community improvement projects for its residents.
After completing his final term on the Board, Mr. Wyatt was later asked to return and serve as the county’s Intergovernmental Relations Director, a position he has held since May 2013 working as the county’s representative to multiple state and federal organizations while advocating for legislation and action that furthers the county’s policy interests and priorities.
When asked about his plans post retirement, Mr. Wyatt stated, “Now it’s time for me and the love of my life to start our new beginning and create new dreams to enjoy together.” Mr. Wyatt’s wife, Dorothy, also a county employee is also set to retire on September 1, 2016 after nearly 23 years of service with the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office.