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DeWitt County treasurer announces retirement

By Sonny Long
Sept. 4, 2012 at 4:04 a.m.

Peggy Ledbetter


Carol Martin, executive secretary to DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler, has been named interim county treasurer when current treasurer Peggy Ledbetter retires on Oct. 26.

"I know I'm facing a large learning curve, but I'm ready," Martin told county commissioners after her appointment. Martin has been in her position since July 1,1989 when she also replaced Ledbetter.

The county judge will interview applicants for Martin's replacement.


A public hearing on the proposed DeWitt County 2012-13 tax rate and budget will be at 9 a.m. Monday in the commissioners courtroom of the DeWitt County Courthouse. The proposed tax rate is 50.203 cents per $100 valuation. Last year's tax rate was 53.822 cents per $100 valuation. The proposed rate would increase property tax revenue by 53.92 percent over 2011-12.

CUERO - DeWitt County Treasurer Peggy Ledbetter is leaving her job, but she's not straying far from the courthouse.

Ledbetter submitted a letter of retirement to the DeWitt County Commissioners Court on Tuesday. Her last day on the job will be Oct. 26.

In the letter, Ledbetter stated she was retiring with mixed feelings.

"When it's time, it's time," Ledbetter said. "Time moves on."

First appointed county treasurer in July 1989, Ledbetter said she will devote her time to her 2 1/2 -year-old grandson in Victoria as well as continue to volunteer with the DeWitt County Historical Commission and the newly formed Cuero pet adoption organization.

She and husband of 48 years, Ron Ledbetter, also plan to do some traveling.

"I'll still see everyone around the courthouse with my work with the historical commission," she said. "I will continue to work with the archives."

Ledbetter, a 1962 graduate of Cuero High School, has devoted nearly four decades of service to DeWitt County starting as secretary to county attorney Frank Sheppard and moving to the county judge's office Robert Sheppard took office in 1975.

"I've been with the county somewhere around 40 years. Mr. Sheppard and I really can't remember how long," Ledbetter laughed.

Ledbetter didn't hesitate when asked what stood out during her career with the county.

"The courthouse restoration, of course," she said, referring to the renovation of the DeWitt County Courthouse that was completed in 2008.

"As project manager, I take great pride in that," she said. "The excitement of getting it started, watching the progress and then the big day, the celebration when it opened."

Ledbetter said she has seen a lot during her tenure with DeWitt County.

"Some call me the courthouse historian because I'm the only one that's been around long enough to remember certain things," she said. "I've made a lot a friends here. A lot have come and gone."



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