In a surprise joint announcement Friday morning, both of Hopkins County's justices of the peace announced their retirement at the end of their current terms.
Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Yvonne King will have completed four terms in office when the current term ends at the end of the 2014.
Judge Ronny Glossup will have served 20 years as Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace at the end of the current term.
“At the end of this term, I think it's time. I am looking forward to retirement,” King said. “It's been great to work with Judge Glossup and with our clerks — we couldn't have done this without them.”
King said that after 16 years in office she and Glossup agreed to the early announcement in order to give other peope time to consider running for their posts.
“After Dec. 31, 2014, I'll have 16 years in that have been great,” King said. “I love this job. I feel like I've been dedicated to it and the people of Hopkins County have sure been good to me. I'm sure there is somebody out there that would like to run for this position, and we're going to give them an opportunity to sign up.”
Glossup agreed in that it was time to retire, saying he and his wife have plans to travel and look forward to having time to devote to genealogy.
“My wife retired and we've got some other things in life we want to do,” he said. “I've enjoyed working for the county. I thank God for the opportunity to work for Hopkins County. I thank all the many people that's supported me. I am going to continue to do my job until the end of this term, but I am not going to seek reelection.”
Both King and Glossup said their retiring at the same time could create some difficulties for the county because their terms are not staggered.
The county will start 2015 with two new justices of the peace who likely will have no experience in the office and must attend at least 100 hours of training in order to begin their jobs.
This could mean that County Judge Chris Brown will have to fill in for both of the justices while they are in training.
The filing period for the 2014 primary elections begins Nov. 9 and continues through Dec. 9.
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