Lewis County's manager for the last five years will retire in May.

David Pendergast told department heads of his decision Friday, according to Lewis County legislator and former legislature chairman Jack Bush.

Bush said he was 'somewhat' surprised by Pendergast's decision. He said he was pleased by the work Pendergast has done, particularly in the area of budgets.

"The budget is quite an undertaking," said Bush. "Dave's done a good job for us."

Pendergast has over 30 years' experience in government. He was hired in 2008 to replace former county manager Joseph Baruth.

There was no immediate word Saturday on when legislators would begin the process of picking Pendergast's replacement.