December 05, 2012 Edition

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Harris retiring as county treasurer

Lawrence County Treasurer Lyda Harris is retiring after 30 years in county government. She will be honored with a reception on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. at the Lawrence County Courthouse.
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Gretchen Hunt

For 30 years Lyda Harris has spent her days working in county government.

She began working as a deputy tax collector in August of 1982 for then Tax Collector Vella Whitlow.

"I worked in the tax collector's office for 14 years," Harris said. "When Bill Holder, the county treasurer, announced in 1996 he would not seek another term because of retirement, I decided that I would seek the position."

Harris won the election and took office in January of 1997.

"I did not have an opponent in the next seven terms, for which I am very thankful," she said.

Harris, who is a native of Newark, has lived in Strawberry since marrying her husband, Larry.

Harris said she plans to spend time with her family after retiring.

"I hope to be able to enjoy many years of retirement with my husband, Larry, and the rest of my family," she said.

Their daughter, Kim McDermott, and husband, Kelly, have a son, Holden, who is 17, and their son, Kevin Harris, and wife, Teresa, have two children, Jared, 24, and Chelsea, 21.

County Judge Dale Freeman said Harris has helped him immensely since he was elected and will definitely be missed.

"She takes care of every office in the courthouse," he said. "She is very efficient. She's a great lady, and when she tells you something you can take it to the bank."

Now with 16 years in as the county treasurer, Harris is passing the gauntlet to her deputy treasurer. She extended special thanks to Marilyn Crafton, who was elected to the office in May.

Freeman said Harris is leaving the office in good hands.

"She (Crafton) has got a lot of years in there, and she will be able to handle the job well," he said.

Reception is Thursday

A reception to honor Harris will be held Thursday from 2-4 p.m. at the Lawrence County Courthouse. Everyone is invited.

"I will miss being in the courthouse and miss all the people I have worked with over the years," Harris said. "I am truly grateful to the citizens of Lawrence County for giving me this opportunity."

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