Retirement day is drawing ever so close for longtime McDuffie County Board of Commissioners Clerk Annette Finley.
A native of Warren County, but who lives near Thomson, Mrs. Finley has served as clerk since being appointed to the position in 1997 by former McDuffie County Commission Chairwoman Joyce Blevins. Mrs. Finley's last day will be March 31.
"I'm really looking forward to retirement to tell you the truth," said Mrs. Finley during a recent interview with The McDuffie Mirror . "I've enjoyed the job a lot."
The job is a demanding one, as well as a stressful one, because it involves every facet of county government.
"There's always plenty to do," said Mrs. Finley, noting that it gets so busy sometimes that all she can do is to try and play catch up. "There's a lot of work that goes on in this office."
Despite the hectic amount of work involved in serving as clerk to county commissioners, Mrs. Finley says she has enjoyed herself.
"This job has been a way of life for me for the past 14 years and I'm going to miss it," said Mrs. Finley.
Most of all, she explained, "I'm going to miss the people that I've gotten to know through the years. It's so gratifying to know that you've been able to help people. I'm going to really miss the people I've tried to help, like crazy."
Mrs. Finley, who prides herself on being a well-organized individual, says the key to her job is organization. "If I wasn't organized, I couldn't have done this job," she pointed out.
Her filing system is one in which she knows exactly where everything is located. It's been that way since she began the job.
In 2000, Mrs. Finley was named administrative professional of the year -- an honor she was nominated for by Mrs. Blevins.
"That honor was really sweet and touching to me," said Mrs. Finley.
McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton says Mrs. Finley will be "sorely" missed.
"Mrs. Annette has been an excellent employee and taken very good care of me since I first took office," said Mr. Newton.
Another person who works closely with Mrs. Finley and shares Mr. Newton's sentiments is McDuffie County Manager Don Norton.
"I'll miss her a lot," said Mr. Norton.
"It's going to be very difficult to replace Annette and her experience. She has a breath of knowledge about government."
Laughing, Mrs. Finley said she's ready to join her retired husband, Jim, to travel together and work in their flower garden.