The Catawba County Board of Commissioners honored Catawba County Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley with a Distinguished Public Service award.
Markley is leaving Catawba County effective Sept. 30 to be superintendent of New Hanover County Schools.
"I leave knowing that there's good people here after I'm gone," Markley said.
He commended the strong working partnership between county government and Catawba County Schools.
"I can only hope that the partnership (in New Hanover County) is as strong as we have here," he said.
County Commissioner Glen Barger will serve as interim superintendent until a permanent replacement for Markley is found.
Barger resigned from the Board of Commissioners to act as interim superintendent, and Monday was his last board meeting.