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December 16, 2012

Retired commissioner reflects on 22-year career

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NORMAN —

“It helped me serve my district better. Most of the people in my district were Republican and it helped to stay with them,” Skinner said.

Politics aside, the thing he said he will miss the most is the daily routines and the people he worked with.

“I will miss the people that I work with tremendously. There’s a great bunch of people in our office and the courthouse,” he said. “I appreciate all the constituents that I have worked with over the years. They treated me great and I enjoyed working with them.”

Although his career as a commissioner is over, he has plans that will still keep him busy. Skinner said he plans on hunting, fishing, playing golf, seeing his grandchildren more, traveling more and “all the things I’ve been neglecting for 22 years”.

“All I’ve known is his campaign and him being a county commissioner,” said Skinner’s granddaughter, Emily Virgin, the District 44 state House member and a Democrat. “He was a great commissioner but an even better grandpa and dad to six kids and 11 grandchildren.”

Virgin said she remembers knocking on doors for him as a child when he ran for office. She was 4 years old when he first ran.

“You can credit him or blame him with my venture into politics,” she said with a laugh.

She said he always put the interest of the people and of his constituents above all and he is the most honest person she knows.

“It’s hard for me to give unbiased comments because he is my grandpa,” she said. “But he is definitely one of the greatest public servants Cleveland County has ever seen.”

“I just can’t say enough great things about him.”

Jessica Bruha366-3540jbruha@normantranscript.com

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