Hagan bids farewell to county commissioners

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 04:22 PM.

“Beside the years I served as county manager, I have also served under three county managers. I have served under the administrations of six presidents and nine governors. Does it get any better than that?”

Hagan noted that while one of his first projects with the county was to work with Sheriff Peel to try and prove there were about 12,000 residents in Washington County, the latest census estimates the population at just under 25,000. “I don’t think it will take another 36 years before we double again,” he said.

“When I see 25,000 people, I am consciously aware these are not our children and grandchildren being married, raising their families, and staying here. It is people who have chosen to make our county their home. I don’t blame them for wanting to come here,” Hagan said. “I have chosen many times not to leave.”

Hagan said he did not want to retire, but felt it was time for him to retire. “My wife’s health is fragile, she recently lost her mother to cancer and my mother needs more attention,” he said. “Perhaps more than any of that, I realize my value to the county now is more historical than productive.”

Hagan said he hoped to be missed more and longer than he thought he would be. “I have heard you can only fish so much. I want to find out how much that is,” he said. “Maybe some church will need a Pastor that has a few years and a few sermons left.”

He also said he might one day seek elected office.

“Then too, as everyone knows, I have long desired to be a County Commissioner. Who knows? Perhaps I will be abe to serve our county again — from your side of the table,” Hagan said. “Could it get any better than that?”

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