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Simonson gives up public works job to teach in Indonesia

Newark Post, Elkton, Maryland

Roy Simonson and his wife have sold nearly everything they own and by next week, they will be on a plane to Indonesia, permanently leaving behind the city they've called home for the last eight and a half years.

“It's exciting, but I'm nervous and every once in a while, I'll have a panic attack,” Simonson said, laughing.

Simonson, 55, has been working for the city since 2005 when he was hired as director of the Water and Wastewater Department, which merged with the Public Works Department a year ago.

Simonson, who retired last Friday, will move from his Todd Estates home to Indonesia with his wife. The two will join the Peace Corps and teach English to middle school and high school children for the next 27 months. After that, they plan to roam around the United States and the world, bicycling and sightseeing until they decide to settle down again.

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