Collectively, they have 730 years of experience. Separately, they are the backbone of Columbia County's government - the employees, some with more than 30 years on the job.
Herb Crites (from right), a Columbia County Recreation Department retiree and Will Moore, a five-year veteran with the Roads and Bridges department, and his son Aaron Moore sample the food at a party honoring county employees for their years of service.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
"It's not surprising to me that we keep so many good people so long,"county commission Chairman Barry Fleming said. "We have a great county."
Last week, officials gathered to thank dozens of employees - honoring several retirees and recognizing anniversaries.
"The job y'all have done has made my job much easier," county commissioner Diane Ford said.
County Probate Judge Pat Hardaway - who's celebrated 35 years with the county - thanked other county employees for fostering a great workplace.
"I appreciate working with y'all through the years and I don't think I've ever told y'all," she said.
It's the employees' attitudes that make the county successful.
"If you can help somebody do their job or help make things better for our citizens, that's what we're here for," Hardaway said. "If you love Columbia County, I promise you, it'll love you back."
Columbia County recently honored its 2001 retirees and recognized employees' anniversaries.
Leonard "Butch" Cliett, 28 years
Gary Ronald Palmer, 17 years
George "Nick" Crawford, 12 years
Herbert Crites, seven years
Eric Hedlund, five years
Anthony Taylor, Donna Rourke, Aubrey Eubanks, Renee Peloquin, John Burnham, Debra North, Larry Hobbs, Terry Rutledge, Kelvin Lampkin, Gary Lee, Cheryl Custer, Donald Johnson, Charles McCorkle, Wilmer Moore, Gary Powell, Ronald Wells, Daisy Hooks, Leslie Lee, Janet Maldonado, Christopher Bedenbaugh, Stephani Carani, Judith Carter, Raymond Childress, Harold Clack, James Edmunds, Edwin Garrett, Pamela Goddard, Janet Green, Dewitt Griffin, Patrick Haynie, Colonel Joiner, Timothy Perry, Roy Putnam, James Smith, Margaret Spires, Robert Torres, Bruce Walker, Rosemary Wofford, Stanley Young, Gregory Adams and Danny Phillips
James Logan, Tony Gilyard, Alva Sills, Shirley Scott, Shelley Usry, Timothy Burnley, Karin Carter, Teresa Charney, Jennifer Douglas, James Foskey, Phillip Haulbrook, Gregory Jeffs, Cheryl Legg, Gilbert Lopez, James March, Calvin parker, Tina Stacy, Windy Vest, Edith Casteel, Margaret Doss, Bertha Gause, Nickey Powell, Grover Robinson and Ronnie Van Arsdale
Paula Poss, Martha Bartles, Jane Johnson, Leslie Cox, Augustus Dunn, Jerry Whitaker, Daniel Barnett, Frank Dodson, Gilbert Lopez, John McClure and William Judy
Lula Ann Dorn and James Whitaker
Katherine Smith, Nettie Stubbs, Cheryl Davidson, Joyce Wiley, Charles Beale, James Blair, Melvin, Marvin Newman, John Cook, Walker Marshall, Herbert Lanier Gray, Bill Clayton, Bobby Dixon, Robert Pollard, Larry Price and Larry Smalley
Pat Hardaway and Charles Norris
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