Retiring Crestview county extension agent 'has had national impact'

Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 03:58 PM.

"They are not going to know what to do," Williams said jokingly. "When the new person comes in, it's going to be that scenario, 'Well, that's not the way Elaine did it.'"

During Courtney's Friday afternoon retirement party, Dr. Pete Vergot, dean of the university's IFAS program, presented her with  emeritus status and a keepsake glass UF Gator, a gentle poke at Courtney's support of Florida State University.

"As a die-hard Seminole, it has been a pleasure to work for the University (of Florida) and take their money every two weeks," Courtney said.

Courtney said her retirement plans include working on the farm she and her husband Johnny have in north Walton County, taking care of her elderly mother, "and we want to do some traveling."

The university will probably advertise for a new consumer and family services agent within a month or two, Williams said.

"That's big shoes to follow," he said. "Elaine's made a name for herself. It's like losing a part of the family."

Email News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes, follow him on Twitter or call 850-682-6524.

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