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By James McAfee/The Knox County News-Courier—
BENJAMIN—Rosie Ake has announced plans to retire as the treasurer for Knox County after 14 years, effective in March.
The county is searching for a replacement that it can hire quickly to allow for time to train under Ake, said Judge Stan Wojcik.
Ake will stay for training purposes for at least six weeks. “It certainly helps to train with the outgoing treasurer like I did in November of 2006,” she said.
Ake worked two years as a loan processor at First Bank Texas in Munday before being appointed by the commissioners when the previous treasurer decided to retire. She had no opponent in future elections.
She and husband Rick, who live in Munday, had been talking about retiring before the end of her four-year term, but moved the schedule up after the death of daughter Sara and son-in-law Jose Minan in an auto accident in November when they were visiting for Thanksgiving.
The Akes are the guardians of the couple’s two children, who are currently living with the couple’s best friends.
“We’ll be moving to the Austin area to be near the kids,” she said. “I’m turning 70 in March, I don’t have the energy to raise two young boys. I want to focus on being a grandmother.” she added.