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County CEO decides against retirement

Instead of retiring at the end of this year, Dee Tatum will stay on as Merced County's CEO, he announced at the Merced County Board of Supervisors' meeting Tuesday.

How much more he will be paid to do that, however, is still undecided.

At last week's board meeting, supervisors Deidre Kelsey, Mike Nelson and John Pedrozo requested that Tatum rescind his retirement letter and continue to serve as the county's CEO. With a slowing economy and tough financial times ahead, those three supervisors said they thought it was a bad time for Tatum to leave.

Tatum said during the meeting that he'd been approached by board and community members alike, asking him to delay his retirement. "Several people have told me it's just not the right time to go," Tatum said.

Whether it was those comments that helped him make the choice, Tatum did say Tuesday that he would put off his retirement and continue in his current position.

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