After three years of working as a license zoning administrator for McDuffie County, Mindy Carney is preparing to move to Colorado Springs.
Mrs. Carney's last day will be Nov. 18.
"I've loved the opportunity that's been afforded me by McDuffie County the last three years," said Mrs. Carney.
"I've met a lot of really nice people in this job and I was lucky to have worked in the field of geography, which is what I studied in college."
Her husband, Fred, already is living in Colorado Springs. A former civilian firefighter at Fort Gordon, Mr. Carney, a former Marine, now is working as a firefighter/paramedic at Fort Carson -- a U.S. Army installation.
Since learning that she is moving, Mrs. Carney has been busy searching for a job. She's hopeful of finding work in a zoning department in either city or county government.
She recently applied for a position in El Paso County, which has a population estimated at 500,000.
"I haven't found anything as far as a job right now, but I'm hopeful something will turn up soon," said Mrs. Carney. "It's really going to be a big adjustment living in a county as big as El Paso County is when I've lived in McDuffie County for three years where just about everybody knows each other."
Mrs. Carney said her favorite part of her job has been helping people.
"I've really enjoyed that a lot and will miss that I lot when I'm gone," added Mrs. Carney.
She said she would always be grateful to McDuffie County and City of Thomson Planning Director Fred Guerrant for giving her the opportunity to work in her field of study.
"He's been a really good coach to me," said Mrs. Carney. "He's taken a lot of time to show me how to do a lot of things. He's been a great boss. I've had a wonderful opportunity here in McDuffie County and I'll never forget it."