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Taylor Bolls County Judge recounts fond memories of his tenure | KTA

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – After 12 years as a Taylor County judge, Downing Bolls will officially retire on December 31.

KTAB and KRBC got to sit down with Judge Bolls before his retirement, talking about the ups and downs of the job, as well as his long career in broadcasting.

It’s undoubtedly a bittersweet time for Downing Bolls on the home stretch of his tenure as a Taylor County judge. Bolls said it was a weird feeling, stepping back and looking at all the things he’s accumulated, seen and done over the years.

“I can’t complain about how far I’ve come, but it’s kind of hard to put it all on hold and move on to the next chapter of my life,” Bolls said.

Elected in 2010, Bolls is currently serving his third consecutive term as a Taylor County judge.

When KTAB and KRBC asked Bolls if work had slowed down as retirement approached, he responded with a laugh and said it looked like his latest cases were coming and going, so the biggest crisis imaginable for the county happened: county emails were hacked.

“There must be someone up there who must really like me because he’s giving me things to do,” Bolls said with a laugh. “You know, I haven’t tried it with that yet.”

However, after more than a decade at his seat, his original purpose still holds true.

“As soon as I took office I wanted us to be a very resilient organization so that when these things happen we are better able to manage because we try to think about the future and what are we going to do. do if it happens or if it happens,” Bolls said.

Prior to his election, Bolls spent four years in the United States Marine Corps, enlisting in right after graduating from high school.

In 1972, he was honorably discharged and used GI funding to attend McMurry College and then Southwest Texas State.

Bolls earned a degree in journalism, returning to Abilene where he spent 33 years as an on-air talent for KRBC-TV and Radio, using that experience to navigate the tough questions local media may ask him.

“The key is to get the word out, especially in a current situation where public safety is at risk – that word needs to get out and get out quickly,” Bolls said.

But after all these years, Bolls faces a new challenge: what to do in retirement?

“Well, my wife bought me an outfit to do a podcast, but I don’t know any of that,” Bolls said with a smile. “You know, he’s still sitting in the box at home.”

Downing’s father, Downing Bolls, Sr., was also a Taylor County commissioner in the 1980s. He was the first Republican to win elected office in Taylor County.

Newly elected Taylor County Judge Phil Crowley will take office in 2023.

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