LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A longtime Lamar County supervisor has announced he will not seek reelection.
Lamar County District Four Supervisor Fred Hatten made the announcement at Monday's Lamar County Board of Supervisor's meeting.
"I think it's time for me to step aside and let someone else fill the position."
Politics was never a long term plan for the District 4 Supervisor, it was all about giving back to the community he calls home.
"It's been a great ride."
"I think we have one of the finest boards in the State of Mississippi. While a lot of government's are suffering from lack of funding and cutbacks we are ok. I will leave Lamar county knowing it is in great financial shape."
Hatten attributes that financial shape to the entire board working hard to reduce the county's debt along with maintaining the same mill age rate for county services.
The new Senior Center in Oak Grove will be a reminder to Hatten of the good things he brought to residents in the district.
"It's a center that is being well used, well received and appreciated by people over there that have not had anything like it in several years."
Hatten will remain an active member of the board until a new elected official is sworn in. He will then begin another journey, one he says only includes his family.
"I look forward to fully retiring now and being with my wife, being able to do something's that we haven't been able to do for a while."