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Chief Magistrate Bearden’s retirement letter

November 26, 2013
I write this letter to announce my retirement from the position of Chief Magistrate of Grady County, effective January 1, 2014.
I would like to thank the citizens of Grady County for allowing me to serve the people of this community by being chosen their Chief Magistrate Judge in six elections. The twenty-one years I have dedicated to this position have been more rewarding than I could ever possibly express; however, I feel that now is the time to pursue other opportunities that do not require my constant attention.
I owned and operated the Cairo theatres for 27 years, days, nights and weekends to provide entertainment to the community, and I will continue to be in the work force, volunteer as the film buyer and booker, as well as maintain and repair the old projection equipment for the historic Zebulon Theatre.
As many of you know, I have had serious health problems over the last few years and I have through checkups annually. Although I am relieved that some of my medical issues have gone unnoticed, many medical issues do not manifest themselves in an outward physical appearance and demeanor.
The demands of this job require my attention 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, including nights and weekends, which can put a strain on anyone. My retirement will give me the opportunity to focus on spending time with my family and friends, maintaining my health, and allow me to work in a less demanding profession.
I will certainly miss serving the citizens of Grady County as a public official, but I hope to hear from members of the community regularly.
Yours very truly,
Larry Bearden
Chief Magistrate, Grady county

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