BONIFAY – When the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on October 30, Chairman Danny Powell delivered a message that some were disappointed to hear.

"This letter is to serve as my official announcement of retirement," read the letter Powell received from County Coordinator Joey Marsh. "I am prepared to serve out the 90 days of my contract should the board choose that path; however I request my last official day to be November 14."

"I have given 30 years of my life to public service," said Marsh. "I have enjoyed it, but it is time for me to move on."

Commissioner Bobby Sassnet says that its hard for him to accept, he knows that Marsh has to do what is best for him.

"I know that you really know what you are doing (in this job)," said Sassnet. "So it is really hard for me to accept it, but you have to do what you have to do."

Marsh says the county will be in good hands when he is gone.

"I know that I am leaving the county in good hands," said Marsh. "We have a great staff here that can pick up where I leave off. I am not leaving the country, I will still be here. I will not abandon them, if they need anything they can call me."

"We have never had a cross word and if you need me to work the 90 days, then I will," said Marsh. "Whatever you wish to do I will follow it."

"You have the right to change your mind before we make this motion," said Sassnet quickly responded.

"Mr. Marsh has served many years and deserves this retirement," said Powell.

"You have done many good things for this county during your time here," said Commissioner Clint Erickson. "You have gone the extra mile many times. I hate to see you go, but I appreciate everything you’ve done, not just with the county but as a public servant."

"It is going to take a mighty man or woman to fill his shoes," said Commissioner Phillip Music.

The board unanimously voted to approve Marsh’s retirement effective November 14.

A decision was made to wait on advertising the position left open by Marsh until the new board can make decisions concerning the job’s description. An interim County Coordinator is expected to be appointed at the next regular session meeting.

In other business, the county approved a measure to loan Holmes County Sheriff’s Office $59,722 for repairs from storm damage. The repairs need to be done post haste with no time to wait on FEMA funding to pay for them. HCSO will repay the county when they are reimbursed from FEMA.

The funds will come from sales of equipment by the county that have not been earmarked for other uses.

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 9 a.m. on November 13.