Randy Reeves is looking forward to spending some time on his new tractor.
The Gregg County Commissioners Court accepted the retirement letter Monday for the Gregg County agriculture agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. His last day will be June 30.
“It’s been a pleasure and an honor, commissioners, judge, to serve Gregg County the last four years,” Reeves said. “I’ve come to a period in my life where I think I’ll be having fun on my new place.”
Reeves said he still will be part of agriculture in Gregg County, working three days a week at Jake’s Feed and Animal Center in Longview.
Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt said the commissioners appreciate Reeves and his work in the extension office.
Reeves was hired as the Gregg County AgriLife Extension agent in May 2015.
“He’s been very innovative in some of the programs he began over there in terms of ranchers and some outreach programs to (the National FFA Organization),” Stoudt said. “He’s been very instrumental in the Master Gardeners group and getting them involved in those programs that they sponsor. He’s just been, overall, a great extension service agent, and I hate for him to leave.”
Stoudt said the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will select Reeves’ replacement.
Reeves, who was the longtime Harrison County AgriLife agent before coming to Gregg County, will wrap up a 35 1/2-year career at the end of the month.
“I just really, from the bottom of my heart, appreciate the support that y’all have given myself and my office,” Reeves said. “You’ve got a real good staff here. So keep it up; we appreciate it.”