Live Oak —
Mike Tyson walked into the Professional Building at 906 North Ohio Ave. in Live Oak on Friday for the last time as deputy clerk to the Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners. The room was filled with Florida State decor in honor of his alma mater as friends and family gathered for a reception to celebrate his retirement after 16 years of service to Suwannee County.
“I will be 67 in February and my wife is retired and is wanting me to spend more time with the family,” Tyson said.
Tyson, who was born and raised in Suwannee County, graduated from Suwannee High School in 1965. Tyson attended North Florida Junior College in Madison for three years and graduated in 1968 with an associate degree. Following NFJC, Tyson then went on to attend Florida State University and graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology.
For the next 23 years, Tyson found himself working in South Florida with the Orlando Police Department. When he retired from the police department in 1993, he made his way back to Suwannee County, a place he called “home.”
Upon returning home, he assisted a friend in launching an automotive business. Tyson spent three years working in the automotive business before he decided it was time for a change.
“I just got to the point where I needed something more, and this job became available, so everything just worked out,” Tyson said.
In November of 1997, Tyson accepted the job as deputy clerk for Suwannee County.
“I’ve worked with a lot of people with different agencies, here in the office and the people at board meetings, I can say I have enjoyed my job,” Tyson said. “I looked forward to getting up and coming to work.”
Paula Pennington, who has been working as deputy clerk to the board for the past year, will be stepping up to take Tyson’s place.
“She’s ready to handle it. Paula is very efficient, very energized and very conscientious,” Tyson said. “She will do a good job, no doubt.”
Following retirement, Tyson said he looks forward to the long “honey-do” list and a list of things he wants to do now that he will have time.
“I’ve got a list of things I’ll get around to doing one day,” Tyson said.
His plans as of now is to spend time with his wife, Carol, of 38 years; visit with his children, Tracy and Lesley; and his three grandchildren, soon-to-be four.
“I look forward to being grandpa and getting to spend time with my grandchildren,” he said. “My wife’s family is mostly out of state, so we plan to travel and visit with the family.”