ABILENE, Texas -

A retirement reception was held Thursday afternoon for outgoing Taylor County Chief Appraiser Richard Petree.

Petree, 66, is stepping down at the end of the year.  He was first elected tax assessor/collector in 1976.

Dozens of friends showed up at the reception at the Taylor County Central Appraisal District office.

Gary Earnest will take over that job January 1.