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County Judge plans to retire

Logan County Judge Gus has decided that it’s time to go home.

Young said last week that he won’t seek a fourth term as County Judge in next year’s election. Young, a Democrat, was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2010 and 2012. The County Judge serves a two-year term of office. His current term will end in December, 2014.

“After 44 years in the public sector, I feel it’s time for me to retire,” Young said, “and do the things I want to do in life. I’m told that you’ll know when it’s time to retire and that time has come.”

Young worked for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for 31 years and retired in 2000. When he retired, Young was the AHTD Area Maintenance Supervisor for Logan County. After retirement, Young sold real estate for a time and then went to work for the county part-time in 2004. Young said he handled some road issues for then-County Judge Edgar Lee Holt. When Holt decided to retire in 2008, Young sought the position.

Young has at least one major issue to handle before hanging it up. Last month, Young formed a committee to make recommendations on alleviating overcrowding and other issues at the Logan County Detention Center in Paris.

“We’re still facing a decision on that and that issue will be resolved before I leave office,” Young said.

Young has said the solution to the jail problem will be either a renovation of the existing facility or building a new jail. The county will also have to decide how to fund either of those solutions and how to fund continuing operation of the jail.

Even though that decision has to be made, Young said he’s looking forward to the next 13 months.

“I’m looking forward to providing the county and the public the best services we can provide,” Young said.

Young departure from the scene could mean a crowded race for County Judge next year. But, don’t ask Young to speculate on what names could be on the ballot.

“I haven’t a clue who’s going to run,” Young said.

Young is 62 and will be 63 when his third term expires.

“It’s time for me to go home,” he said.

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