CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Houston County Judge Erin Ford has announced his retirement after serving as county judge for the past 4 years.
In an email sent to KTRE, Ford stated he made the decision to free up time for his family and grandchildren. Ford said the decision may come as a surprise but it was one he has thought about for months.
"I have the greatest respect for this position and the people who serve our county," Ford said. "However, I have come to the decision to retire, effective Nov. 22. "
Ford was sworn into office on Nov.30, 2012. Ford won a special election of six candidates to permanently replace Lonnie Hunt who stepped down from the position to take a job with the Texas Association of Counties.
"I've worked hard these last four years and I'm tired," Ford said. "When I took office in 2012, I had just retired from BP, after 38 years working for them. I want to spend time with my family now. So, I will remain in office this month until the Commissioners Court appoints my replacement for the unexpired two year term."
Ford has worked through various issues including transitioning the hospital from East Texas Medical Center to Timberlands Hospital, finding a tenant for the old Crockett State School, working through various FEMA level disasters and improving the county infrastructure. Ford said his proudest moment was helping get the Alamo gas plant built just west of Crockett.
According to Ford, the commissioners court should announce a replacement at the next meeting. The replacement should hold the office until the end of Ford's term.
"My plan is to update the new county judge on current issues affecting the county. Although this may seem sudden, I have been considering retirement since the first of the year but I wanted to complete a full term in office. I believe it is the right decision to make for my family and the county."