One of the vice presidents and co-owners of the Auburn medical software company Medent resigned from his position Friday amid discussions of selling the family-owned business to an unspecified buyer. 

Doug Cuthbert, one of co-founder Edward Cuthbert's six children, said Tuesday that he "strongly" opposes the decision to sell and is "very disappointed."

Company CEO Gary Cuthbert, one of Doug's brothers, said the company's ownership status has not changed but he declined further comment.

"I thought it was best (to resign) because I felt so strongly about it," Doug Cuthbert said on Tuesday. "I knew it was coming and I kind of transitioned myself out of my job the best I could over the last few weeks."

Employees at the company, which has its headquarters on Hulbert Street, learned about the possible sale Friday via a companywide email from Doug, who provided The Citizen with a copy on Tuesday.

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"I am resigning (effective) today," the email reads. "I do not support selling the company and think it is best that I not stay on for the transition. I want to thank everyone for all your hard work over the years. It has been a pleasure to work with you and I wish you the best. I am sorry to leave on such short notice but I did let the other owners know my plans some time ago."  

Medent was founded in 1968 as Community Computer Service by Edward Cuthbert, Doug and Gary's father, and Dick Fitzgerald. Edward Cuthbert died in April at age 91. 

The Cuthbert family owns the company. In addition to Gary, brothers George and Bob work for Medent.

The company employs about 260 people and provides medical software systems for over 8,000 physicians worldwide, according to an April story in The Citizen.

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Staff writer Natalie Brophy can be reached at (315)282-2239 or natalie.brophy@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @brophy_natalie.