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Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom to retire

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Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 9:19 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom has decided to not run for re-election. Judge Gossom has served as the Wichita County Judge since 1999. He said that he hopes he has left Wichita County better than it was when he started.

He wanted to wait to retire until the new county law enforcement center was complete. Commissioner Mark Beauchamp says Judge Woody Gossom is quite the inspiration to him.

“That’s been the biggest inspiration that he has been to me that is that he doesn’t stop at our borders he takes it beyond,” said Beauchamp.

Judge Gossom explains that although he might have stated in the past he thought about retiring, this time he’s ready.

“It’s really time. I’ve had a great time. I’m sure that there are some people that have approved of me being around this long and others that thought I would go a long time ago,” says Gossom. He says he’s been blessed to serve as the county judge but mentioned it’s been a collective effort from various department heads and elected officials. Commissioner Beauchamp says whoever the next judge is, has big shoes to fill.

“He’s been the face of Wichita County for so long. I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt there’s nobody more dedicated to the citizens of Wichita County,” added Beauchamp.

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