|City Secretary Sharon Ricketson bids farewell after 20 years on the job|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
Dec. 8, 2004 -- After 20 years of service to the city of Sulphur Springs, City Secretary Sharon Ricketson administered the oath of office to her successor Tuesday evening.
Ricketson gave the city 10 months notice of her intent to retire from the position when she made the announcement last February, giving the city time to find someone to work with her and learn the many duties and responsibilities of the office.
After several months of searching, the city council selected Gale Roberts to begin training to fill the key city position.
Roberts, a former city employee who had since been employed by the city of Cleburne as coordinator, was the unanimous choice of city staff and the city council.
As her last official duty, Ricketson installed her replacement in the city secretary's office.
Mayor Chris Brown said Sharon Ricketson "has been the backbone of the city for the past 20 years."
City Manager Marc Maxwell agreed, saying, "Sharon has been the glue that has held the city together."
Ricketson, in turn, shared some of her experiences with the city, and especially the city manager, recalling when Marc Maxwell first came to Sulphur Springs from California in 1995 and the many accomplishments since that time.
Ricketson said her newly-acquired free time would be divided between Sulphur Springs and the home she and her husband have on Buchanan Lake.