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Board brings Cecil out of retirement
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MONROE - It appears former Green County Highway Commissioner Dallas Cecil timed his short-lived retirement wisely. He missed the first severe winter storm of the season.

Cecil only had been retired for about four weeks, but Thursday night, the Green County Board of Supervisors re-elected him to another two-year term.

"After Tuesday and Wednesday, there's no wondering why more people haven't signed up for this job," he said, jokingly about this week's blizzard.

Cecil was the only person nominated for the position.

He will return to duty under the same contract he had previously, according to County Board Chairman Art Carter. However, because of Cecil's retirement, the county will no longer be paying into his retirement account.

Cecil thanked the board for their support and trust, and said he enjoyed his 30 days in retirement.

Cecil was commissioner for 14 years, and has worked for the Green County Highway Department for 32 years. He began inspecting bridges and other construction projects for the department in 1977.

In 1995, the Green County Board of Supervisors appointed him to replace retiring commissioner Ken Meyer.

In early November, Cecil said heavy snows over the past two winters have made it tough on the department's winter maintenance budget. Record and near-record snowfalls kept road plow crews busy, and forced crews to work overtime, at times from 5 a.m. to late into the evening.

"You try to budget the amount of money you'll need for winter, but it can always change," he said.

On some winter days, Cecil has inspected roads at 3 a.m. to determine if the snow plows need to go out by 5 a.m. During heavy snows, he and the other department supervisors might be on the roads without a break until 8 or 10 p.m.

- Brian Gray contributed to this article.