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Highway director Wolford to retire

January 19, 2006|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - The month of March tends to be when things happen for longtime Washington County Highway Director Ted Wolford.

He was born on March 9, 1937. He began working for the county on March 10, 1969, and he married his wife, Patricia, on March 5, 1981.

March 1 of this year will mark another notable event for Wolford: He will be spending his first day as a retiree, after nearly 37 years as a county employee.

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Wolford, 68, said Wednesday by phone he is retiring at the end of February.

"It wasn't an easy decision," Wolford said. "I enjoy my work. I like my job."

He and his wife plan to retire in Ocala, Fla., where they have purchased a home. Patricia Wolford, executive director of The Maryland Theatre, announced she was retiring last week. Her retirement is effective Feb. 3.

Ted Wolford said he and his wife would relax for a bit and travel around Florida.

Wolford oversees operations at the Highway Department, as well as its 85 full-time and 10 part-time employees, a job he has had for 30 years.

Before that, he worked in the county's Engineering Department.

Wolford, who has served under 11 boards of commissioners, said when he was hired by the county, Martin Snook was president of the commissioners.

He's retiring under Snook's son, current Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook.

"I began with a Snook. I'm leaving with a Snook," Wolford said.

Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said the county plans to spend time finding a quality replacement for Wolford.

Rohrer said Wolford was leaving big shoes to fill.

"He's obviously going to be missed," Rohrer said. "He takes the job very seriously. He's brought the agency a long way ..."

The Highway Department is part of the Division of Public Works.

Wolford said he will take with him positive memories of the county.

"I've met a lot of good people - a lot of good employees; a lot of good friends," Wolford said. "Washington County has been good to me. I have no complaints about the county."

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