HARKER HEIGHTS — Richard Kitterman’s 16-year run as regional director of the Better Business Bureau in Central and South Texas comes to an end Wednesday when he plans to retire.

“It is pretty sweet,” Kitterman said Monday as he sat in his Harker Heights office.

“This is the result of some pretty good planning and making more good than bad decisions over the course of a lifetime.”

And what a lifetime it has been. Kitterman retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of service in 1996, the same year he took over as the regional director of the BBB. He ended his military career as chief of the Fort Hood Consumer Affairs Office.

Active volunteer

Kitterman also is an active volunteer.

He is a member of the Association of the U.S. Army’s board of governors, a member of the board of advisers for Central Texas College Students in Free Enterprises and Communities in Schools. He is a past president of the Killeen Heights Rotary Club.

Kitterman served as chairman of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors and was a Heights City Council member from 1998 to 2004. He was the mayor pro tem of Harker Heights from 2002-03.

Kitterman also served as a weekly columnist for the Herald for the past 7½ years.

Ready to retire

Kitterman said he is ready to enjoy the good life.

“I don’t plan on going to work,” he said. “I plan on taking six months to see what a retiree’s day looks like.”

Kitterman began planning for this day when he was a 27-year-old soldier at Fort Ord, Calif. During his retirement speech, a sergeant major on post talked about his plans to return to his home state of Mississippi to live out his days fishing.

“He never made it,” Kitterman said. “He had a heart attack and died in his car the day he retired.”

Kitterman, 63, said it took a lot of planning, but he arranged things so he could make his exit while still healthy. “Killeen, Fort Hood and Harker Heights have grown at an unprecedented rate in the past 16 years, as has the Better Business Bureau,” he said. “I’m just proud to be a part of it.”

Contact Mason Lerner at mlerner@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7567

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