After 30 years of working in the Smith County Auditor’s Office, Kathy McNamara has no plans to retire.

“I’ve enjoyed it,” she said.

Ms. McNamara was recognized by Smith County Auditor Ann Wilson during Commissioners Court Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Ms. McNamara began working in the payroll division in the Auditor’s Office in January 1987. In 1998, she began managing benefits for the more than 800 Smith County employees, as well as retirees. She also has a host of other duties, including compiling quarterly IRS reports and unemployment reports.

Ms. Wilson said she appreciates the 16 years she has worked with Ms. McNamara. “Thirty years is quite a milestone. Congratulations to you,” she said.

Ms. McNamara said what she has enjoyed most about her three decades at Smith County are the people she works with. “Everybody is always very helpful,” she said. “I just enjoy my job. There’s always something to do.”

Facility Services Supervisor Ed Nichols recognized two employees, Keith Marlowe and Timothy Morrow, for their 10 years of service to the county. Both men have a profound knowledge of systems and equipment used by the county, Nichols said. “You are a great asset to our department and we are lucky to have you both,” he said.

Terry Morrow was honored for 10 years of work at the Smith County District Clerk’s Office.

District Clerk Lois Rogers said Ms. Morrow is well-rounded in several areas in her office, and is working specifically with the 241st District Court criminal department. She said she is very helpful and loves to learn. “We really appreciate her,” Mrs. Rogers added.

Three employees with the Adult Probation Department were recognized for their years working for Smith County. Kendrick Freeman and Laura Gerick have worked there 10 years and John Perdue for five years. Each were recognized by their supervisor during Commissioners Court. Freeman serves the department in County Court-at-Law No. 3 Judge Floyd Getz’s court; Ms. Gerick writes pre-sentence investigation reports; and Perdue is an absconder officer.

Smith County Juvenile Services Director Ross Worley recognized two of his longtime employees. Felonda Prince is a field officer for the misdemeanor division and has worked there for 10 years. Oscar Perdoma, supervisor for the HOPE Academy, has worked there for five years.

“They’re doing a great job,” Worley said.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Gary Alfred recognized Gina Albritton for five years of service. “Gina is a valuable asset to my office,” he said. “I appreciate her service very much.”

Teresa Fuentes has worked for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Mitch Shamburger for five years. “Teresa is dedicated and a hard worker,” Judge Shamburger said. “We certainly appreciate her and enjoy working with her.”

Additional employees who were recognized for their years of service but were not in court include:

20 Years: John Smith, Constable Precinct4;

15 Years: William Christian, IT Department;

10 Years: Teresa Barker, Adult Probation; Brandy Evans, Sheriff’s Department; and Willie Mims, Constable Precinct 1.

5 Years: Cassie Condrey, 114th District Court; and Tracey Timmons, Sheriff’s Department.

RETIREMENTS

The Commissioners Court also recognized Smith County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable Bobby Sanders, who retired on December 31, after 47 years in law enforcement.

“He’s really been helpful any time I needed him,” Commissioner Terry Phillips said.

A year after starting his law enforcement career at the Marshall Police Department in 1969, he was hired by then Smith County Sheriff Harlan Young. Sanders became the first Smith County Sheriff’s Narcotics Officer. After about three years, he was promoted to sergeant and then lieutenant over patrol.

Sanders left the Sheriff’s Office to work for 32 years at the Southland Distribution Center as their facility maintenance manager. The entire time, he volunteered as a reserve deputy constable for Precinct 4, serving under Constables Charles Wilson, the late Dale “D.D.” Geddie and John Smith.

In 2009, then Constable Smith offered him a position as deputy constable, which he held until
his retirement.

“Sanders has served Smith County well and we sure will miss him,” Commissioner Phillips said. “Thank you for your service Deputy Constable Sanders!”

Carmen Gardner, executive assistant to the Smith County Judge, retired January 31, after more than eight years with the county. County Judge Nathaniel Moran said Mrs. Gardner helped him survive during his first seven months in office, and she has helped the Commissioners Court thrive in the time she has worked for the county. “We are so grateful for what you’ve done,” he said.


Kathleen McNamara and Ann Wilson