Cullman Senior Magazine Summer 2019 - Page 16

R E T I R E M E N T R E L AY Robert Bates A lifetime of integrity & service By Kelly Wheeler Robert Bates with photo of the Old Covered Bridge at Trimble The Honorable Chief Justice CC Bo Tolbert administering oath of office to Circuit Clerk Robert Bates as wife Janice looks on. “To me he is the salt of his community. I don’t know anyone who would have anything bad to say about Robert Bates.” Charles Page Retired Limestone County Circuit Clerk Editor’s Note: ‘Retirement Relay’ is a new series that will feature people from Cullman County who have retired from various community organizations. Robert Bates, former Circuit Clerk, is our fi st profile. If you have suggestions for this section, please call Kelly Wheeler at 256-734-1241 or email her at kwheeler@co.cullman.al.us. Although it’s been six years since for- mer Cullman County Circuit Clerk Rob- ert Bates retired from 30 years of public service, his commitment and dedicated performance to his office re still fondly remembered by colleagues and those he served.
 Without any hesitation, former col- leagues from across Alabama echo the same word when the name Robert Bates is mentioned: Integrity. 
 “Most ethical is the phrase that comes to mind when I hear Robert Bates name,” said Charles Page, who served as the Limestone County Circuit Clerk for over 20 years. “You really can’t fi d a better word to describe him as a person and a professional.”
 Page shared that when he fi st took offic in 1989, Bates had been a circuit clerk for six years and was one of the advisors