Roy Stafford may be retiring as maintenance director in the two Jasper County Annex buildings, but don’t expect him to be a stranger from one particular office.
Stafford said he plans to return to the Jasper County Records Center and help the volunteers catalogue the county’s historic papers.
Even so, county workers by the dozens were on hand in the courtroom on the third floor to wish Stafford a happy retirement on Friday.
Cake and punch were available as workers from all three buildings filed in to shake hands or give Stafford a hug and cards.
Stafford said the people were what made the job pleasant.
“I don’t think there’s anyone I work with that I have any hard feelings for,” Stafford said. “I’ll miss the people and actually I’ll miss the building. I kind of like this place and I’ve been here so many years that I just kind of know where things are and I just kind of like it.”
Stafford was retiring after 20 years with the county. He spent the first part of his career supervising maintenance of the historic Jasper County Courthouse before moving on to maintain the two annex buildings, the former bank on the northwest corner of the square and the former grocery store at Central and Lincoln.
Stafford said he may have moved out of the courthouse, but the building still holds a special place in his heart.
“Since I’ve been here the boiler’s been changed and the electricity has been changed three or four times,” Stafford said. “It’s expensive to operate a building this size, but you would never ever get a building this way again. You could never build this again.”