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July 24, 2013

County Clerk Ralph Troxtell announces retirement

Candidates ready to run for his office

Somerset —

A familiar face around the Pulaski County courthouse said this week he will retire at the end of his current term in December 2014.
County Clerk Ralph Troxtell said in fairness he wants to announce his retirement early enough so those interested in the position will have sufficient time to make up their minds. Next year is local election year and potential candidates for county clerk have between November 6 and January 28 to file petitions of election.
“I’ve got my time in,” said Troxtell, alluding to 13 years on Pulaski Fiscal Court, representing the then-7th Magisterial District, and eight years as county clerk at the end of his current term. He worked for the Pulaski County Road Department before being elected as a member of fiscal court.
“I think the time is right ... it’s time to give somebody else an opportunity,” reasoned Troxtell.
Relatively young at 57, Troxtell is not looking at another public office. “I’ve got my farm and I do enjoy farming.” He owns 80 acres in the Bronston community and leases another 100 acres.
Troxtell indicated he will leave picking a successor to the voters. “I’m not endorsing anyone at this time,” he emphasized. 
News of Troxtell’s retirement plans elicited the ultimate compliment from Pulaski Circuit Clerk George Flynn.
“My grandpa always told me you couldn’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear,” said Flynn. “But to transform an old plowboy from Bronston into the type of county clerk Troxtell is; that comes as close to that analogy as you can get.”
Said Flynn: “Troxtell is honest, trustworthy, hardworking, dependable ... he has everything you need in a public official.”
Troxtell embraces the plowboy image: “I’m 100 percent a country boy. I’m one of us. Pulaski County voters have blessed me to the highest. I will always be grateful.”

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