Longtime county treasurer Betty Bassham retiring
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Oct. 28, 2005 -- Long-time Hopkins County Treasurer Betty Bassham said Friday she will not be seeking another term in office.

An employee of the county since 1977, Mrs. Bassham was first elected to the treasurer's office in 1987 and has held the position since then.

The decision to not run for another term in office came after much thought and consideration, she said. 

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the work I do here," she said. "The people of Hopkins County, I appreciate them so much for putting me into this position and for staying with me all these years, but it is time for me to go home."

The treasurer said there were a lot of things she and her husband would like to do, including spending time with her children and grandchildren.

"I think it is time for a new treasurer to come and see what wonderful changes they are going to make to this office."

During her years as Hopkins County treasurer, Bassham was responsible for several changes, including the implementation of a new procedure for paying jurors in cash rather than by check. She also was responsible for changes in the county's payroll process.

With the start of the filing period for candidates still more than a month away, Bassham offered some advice for potential candidates for her office.

"Be very sure that this is what you want to do," she advised. "There is a lot more involved here than most people think, and you need someone who is serious about wanting to come in here and be serious about doing the work and getting it done right."

Bassham also offered some thoughts for county voters.

"Please listen to what the candidates say and make the choice from that," she said. "I am sure we will have quite a few good candidates running for the office, and I think they deserve a chance to be heard."

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