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Warren County bids farewell to Belden, other Warren County chiefs

Outgoing Warren County Supervisors pose Dec. 16 behind a cake shaped like Warren County, baked as a gesture of their service to area citizens, presented to them after their last public meeting they’ll be presiding over. The cake was baked by thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood.

Outgoing Warren County Supervisors pose Dec. 16 behind a cake shaped like Warren County, baked as a gesture of their service to area citizens, presented to them after their last public meeting they’ll be presiding over. The cake was baked by thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood. Photo by Thom Randall.

— But his premier accomplishment, he said, was reaching out to townspeople.

He said that during all his 40 years of public service, he’d take time to listen to local citizens’ needs and respond to their concerns.

“I always answered questions and returned phone calls from day one, and that was 24-7 including weekends.”

During his years in office, he ran D.D. Belden Construction, which concentrated on dock construction and home building.

Belden which he retired about six years ago. In recent years, he’s continued a property care and monitoring business, opening and closing camps, and taking on light repairs.

Belden said he chose to retire at the close of 2011 because it coincides with landmark year for him. Two months ago, he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary.

Following Belden in the Supervisor post will be Edna Frazier, who has served as Hague Deputy Superivsor for four years.

Belden said he looks forward to taking on a more relaxing schedule and spending some time with his six children and four grandchildren, as well as vacationing in north Carolina.

This spring, he may work time in the consulting business, perhaps pursuing grants for individuals and organizations, he said.

“I think I’ve done my work for the town,” he said. “But I’ll be keeping active.”

Horicon Supervisor Ralph Bentley said he and other area citizens wish him well in his retirement.

“We’re all going to mis his expertise — he’s so knowledgeable about highways and public works,” he said.

Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec said Belden had for decades worked hard to bring county leaders together to achieve progress.

“Dan’s a statesman and consensus builder,” he said. “He’s always had the best interests of all of Warren County at heart.”

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