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Howard County commissioners will begin the process of replacing a âgreat assetâ when they meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the county courthouse's third-floor courtroom.
Commissioners will go into closed session during the meeting to discuss finding a replacement for Quail Dobbs, who is retiring after more than 14 years as Precinct 2 justice of the peace.
County Judge Mark Barr said Dobbs informed him of his decision to retire within the past two weeks.
âHe's a very fine man,â Barr said. âI've enjoyed working with him, and I still do. He's been a great asset to Howard County, and especially to the community of Coahoma.â
Dobbs, who has served as an unofficial goodwill ambassador for Coahoma for the past several decades, first made a name for himself as a rodeo clown, earning a spot in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Hall of Fame for his achievements.
He has served as justice of the peace for Precinct 2 â an area that includes Coahoma and Sand Springs â since Jan. 1, 1999 and was re-elected twice. He will retire effective Dec. 31, at which time there will be a year remaining in his term.
Barr said commissioners will begin âgetting the word outâ to find a replacement for Dobbs.
âThe commissioners will have to appoint a replacement for that precinct,â he said. âThere's a special school for JPs coming up in November, and we have to have someone on board by then. We need to get the word out that we'll be taking resumes.â