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Monroe hailed on retirement from county's top post

Monroe stepping down as county chairman would free up 25 hours or more of his time per week, and while months ago he had thought about retiring from the town of Chester Supervisor post, he was now leaning toward seeking re-election.

"I believe I will run, but circumstances can change," Monroe said.

Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover said Monroe was analytical in examining county issues, and didn't let emotions sway decision-making during some very tumultuous times.

"Fred stays calm when others are losing their composure," Conover said. "He sets high standards in government, and looks at things from both sides before he takes a position."

Geraghty echoed the point.

"Fred was a gentleman at all times," he said, noting that Fred could be a strong and articulate advocate for combatting excessive state government regulations, yet remain diplomatic.

Bentley offered a similar thought.

"He's been a good advocate for Adirondackers' rights," he said. "He's help keep the Adirondacks from being turned into a playground for the elitists and environmentalists."

Geraghty said the county leaders would continue to seek Monroe's advice.

"We still have his expertise and his knowledge," he said.

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