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County Attorney Morris looking forward to retirement

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By Will Phillips

Dale Morris was born in LaRue County. He’s lived all his life here. He’s been a public servant to these citizens. And now he’s retiring to put more of his energy into this community.
Morris has served two stints as LaRue County Attorney, first from 1978 to 1985 and more recently since 2003. In between, he worked for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. When he retired from the KTC in 2001, he planned to take time off to enjoy himself. In the end, though, he couldn’t stay away.
“I liked being county attorney,” he said. “I was going to be content being retired and doing some private work on the side. But I soon discovered that I was not going to be happy in retirement … so I decided to run for office again.”
Morris is leaving his office for the final time. He did not file for re-election and in January, he’ll step down to allow for more time with his three grandchildren and his wife.
He will leave behind an office that has given him more than a few successes, along with its share of difficulties. Among his victories, Morris considers the fact that LaRue County is “continuously in the top-10 statewide in child support collection,” to be his greatest.
He also procured funding for the position of assistant county attorney, which Morris said has helped him a great deal with the caseload that he has had to deal with.
“It was good to have that person to step in,” he said.
Morris said the county attorney is responsible for much more than people realize. According to him, he is responsible for collecting delinquent taxes, representing fiscal court and handling allegations and criminal complaints, all in addition to the typical duties of collecting child support and being in court when it’s in session.
Although the job has given him a lot of happiness over the years, Morris said he is excited to step down and begin his retirement again. Morris, who served on the LaRue County School Board for several years, plans to volunteer in local schools.
“I like being able to be involved in volunteer programs at the school,” he said. “And the job has been an extreme conflict. I’m looking forward to being able to volunteer some time at the (Lincoln Museum). I’m a charter member and have been on the board of directors for a number of years. I’m anxious to be able to go when my grandchildren have grandparents’ days at school or some other day at school. I have not been able to do (that) unless it’s on a weekend.”
Morris said he is glad to leave certain pressures of the job behind.
“I guess (I’m happy) to not have to take home with me some of the issues and problems that people face every day,” he said. “It tends to wear on you mentally if you care about people, and I do.”
Morris also wanted to extend his thanks to the people of LaRue County. “(I have been) overwhelmed at the kindness of people who have inquired about my plans and how much they have appreciated me and the job I’ve done,” he said. “People in LaRue County have been extremely nice to me. I’m fortunate to have served them.”