The Barton County Commission Monday morning took time to recognize outgoing Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews for his years of service.
He was presented with a clock. It had an inscription that read in part “For always seeking justice, our gratitude.”
“The County recognizes that persons holding elected positions give a great deal of themselves,” said commission Chairman Don Davis. “Elected officials must always be available to the public, taking away time from personal commitments.” Matthews has held the post for 12 years. “It was the biggest challenge of my life,” he said.
He said he has seen a lot of cases, big and small, over that time. “I think I am leaving the office in a better place than it was when I found it.”
Matthews opted not to seek reelection to another term this past fall. But, he will remain in the County Attorney’s Office as an assistant county attorney.
He will share the office with newly elected County Attorney Amy Mellor, who was sworn in Monday morning. Mellor had served as an assistant to Matthews.