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Passing the gavel

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Mayor Merle Williams will try his hand at retirement again. With all the work he's done for the community, we'll see if he'll be able to bear some relaxation.

In Thayer's April 7 municipal elections, Earl D. "Buddy" Rogers won the election for mayor and the gavel was passed to him April 14 at the Thayer City Council meeting.

"I retired from the school system in 2000 and got back into this work (public work) two years ago," Williams said. "I'm going to try retirement again. I think I can do a better job (at retirement this time)."

"I have construction work at the house I'm doing. I didn't drive a nail (into it) for two years," Williams said.

He said when he became mayor, those he worked with said his job would only take a couple of hours a day, but, "It's a full-time job (with) part-time pay," Williams said.

The former mayor also said that sometimes people just need someone to listen to them. "When people have a concern and they need someone to talk to, that's part of what my job is," Williams said. "Sometimes you can help them out, sometimes you can't, but people, most of the time, just want someone to talk to.

Being a public figure has given Williams the opportunity to serve his county. Retirement will give him the opportunity to finally drive those nails that have been anxiously awaiting his hammer.

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