Crittenden retires after 30 years with road dept.
For the past 30 years, Carlos Crittenden of Greenway has been working to help Clay County residents travel as an employee of the county road department. Now, Crittenden is looking forward to the next stage of his life, having retired from the department on Dec. 19.
Crittenden began working for the county in April, 1981. He started as a mechanic in the county shop, handling the constant maintenance and repair duties required for the road department vehicles, heavy machinery and equipment. Soon, he made the change to the county's bridge crew, inspecting and maintaining the many bridges for which the county is responsible throughout its many miles of roadways. He remained with the bridge crew until his retirement.
"I enjoyed working for the road department all of these years," Crittenden said. "I got along real well with everybody and I liked the work we did. I've made a lot of memories over the past 30 years. There were some tough times for the county, but we always stuck together."
Among the events which stick out in his mind are last year's spring floods throughout the county.
"That was some of the worst flooding I've seen. Everybody worked together and we got through it. It could have been a lot worse."
During his time with the department, Crittenden worked under five county judges: Rue C. Mack, Harry Niewald, Travis Boyd, Sheldon Settlemoir and Gary Howell.
"He's done a lot for the road department and Clay County as a whole," Judge Howell said of Crittenden. "We're going to miss Carlos. We hope he enjoys retirement and is able to do the things he's always wanted to do."
"It's time for me and my wife, Ann, to enjoy doing all the things we want to do," Crittenden said. "We're going to -- we hope -- get a lot of things done around the house and just enjoy the rest of our lives together."
Crittenden said the couple hopes to do more travelling in the future. With their previous schedules, any trips taken were typically short and sweet, required to begin and complete over the course of a weekend. Now, the Crittendens have time on their side.
"If we want to pull out and go somewhere for a few days, now we can," Crittenden said. "We don't have to get back and go to work."
The Crittendens have long been active in the Greenway First Baptist Church. They have also been longtime supporters of the Greenway and Piggott Fourth of July Picnics.
"We may be traveling more now, but this will always be our home," Crittenden said. "We've got so many good friends here; I don't think we could ever leave here for good."