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The Ozarks area will soon see the retirement of a community leader. KSMU's Shane Franklin has details.
Melissa Haddow, the Executive Director of the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, is stepping down after eighteen years of public service. CPO does work in 21 counties in Southwest Missouri, trying to prevent domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and the abuse of illegal substances.
Haddow says she is looking forward to slowing down, and wants to spend more time with her family and to experience more of her own artistic nature. She says she won’t be abandoning her previous goal of making the Ozarks a better place.
"My heart will always be here with Community Partnership. I want to spend time promoting the organization in any way I can, so part of my time, my volunteer time, will be doing that for sure."
Over the years, Haddow has been a liaison between law enforcement and other agencies and organizations who all seek to improve the community.
"The community truly works together. We realize that rescources are scarce. We relize that we can't duplicate, and that we have to work together if we're committed to making this a good community."
Haddow says she believes she's leaving her organization facing a bright and beautiful horizon.
For KSMU News, I’m Shane Franklin.