More than two decades of service well-performed was recognized Monday night by the Wilson County Commission.
The retirement honor was presented - as a surprise - to Rachel Warren for her 221⁄2 years of service to the county, including 17 as administrative assistant to the mayor. "Miss Rachel," who was first hired by former Mayor Robert Dedmon, is from Norene.
She said Wilson County is special to her because she was raised here, her family has lived in the county for several generations, and her children and grandchildren still live here.
Dedmon was present to talk about hiring Warren. "It was probably the best decision I ever made," he said. "Every time I reached out, she was there."
Mayor Randall Hutto agreed. "The first thing Mayor Dedmon told me was, 'You better take care of Miss Rachel.'" And Dedmon said, "Amen."
The County Commission presented Warren with a plaque recognizing her "legacy" from her many years of service to the county through the terms of two mayors and five different County Commissions.
The plaque will hang on the wall in the hall right outside the office where Warren has been in charge for most of those years. She will retire at the end of December.
She said the only thing she had asked the mayor for was to be allowed to "slip out quietly." But as the room full of commissioners and citizens gave her a standing ovation Monday night, that just wasn't going to happen.
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