A reception was held Wednesday in honor of retired Lamar County Supervisor Fred Hatten.
After retiring from Hercules, where he worked for 38 years he and his wife moved back to Lamar County from Delaware. In 2003 he was looking for a way to give back to the community and decided to run for supervisor. He won the election and served the people of district four for the next eight years, four of those as board president.
Hatten says the reason he decided to retire was so he could spend more time with his wife of 54 years, Jimmie. The thing he says he will miss the most is the camaraderie he had with the other board members.
"I think we had a great working relationship. I think they are some of the greatest guys I've ever known," said Hatten. "I worked almost 38 years with Hercules in my career and worked with a lot of people, but I've never worked with a group of people that I enjoy working with anymore than I have this board."
Hatten says he has no specific plans for his retirement except for maybe him and his wife doing some traveling.