Annette Finley has officially retired as clerk of McDuffie County.
And she couldn't be happier.
Mrs. Finley, who served as clerk for 14 years, was treated to retirement drop-in celebration at the county courthouse last Wednesday.
"This was a nice surprise," said Mrs. Finley, who plans to travel with her husband, Jim, all across America, now that her days of working a regular job are over. "Thank you," she told those who attended her retirement reception.
McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton along with fellow Commissioners Sammie Wilson, Sr., Paul McCorkle and Bill Jopling attended the gathering and thanked Mrs. Finley for her years of service to the county.
Mr. Newton presented Mrs. Finley with a beautifully engraved plaque. The two later posed for a photograph.
"I'm ready to start traveling around the country with my husband," said Mrs. Finley, noting that they were taking off as soon as she could leave her old job behind. "I've enjoyed it, but it's time to move on in my life. I'm going to enjoy not having to get up every morning and get dressed to go to work."
The retirement reception for Mrs. Finley was planned by Ruthie Thomas, who serves as human resources director for McDuffie County.
Commissioners recently hired Penny Salley as the new county clerk. Miss Salley, who trained under Mrs. Finley for several days, now officially holds that position.