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Willa Dockery served Morgan County well

In decorating a home, the goal is to have windows that get lost in carrying out their intended functions. Good windows don't get in the way of quietly allowing light to flow into the home.

We thought of good windows and their treatment in hearing of Willa Dockery's retirement from the Morgan County Commission office.

For almost 39 years, Ms. Dockery quietly and efficiently served Morgan County residents and the parade of politicians who held elective office on the commission. She was the face of Morgan County government from her fifth-floor office and its cheerleader at countless civic functions. She worked tirelessly in worthwhile organizations that make life better for all the county's citizens. Her knowledge of government and people were the glue that stabilized county government as politicians arrived and left.

She retired quietly at the end of January, wanting to leave the same way she served — without a fuss. But we can't let her go without acknowledging her faithfulness and her impact on this county.

She began as the secretary to the County Commission chairman April 1, 1967, when Guy Roberts held the office. She became chief clerk in 1973 when Thornton (Dick) Fleming was chairman. She became administrative assistant in 1980. Three years later, her title changed to county administrator.

She ran the County Commission office, and she ran it with integrity and class. Her time there spanned the administrations of five chairmen that also included William (Junior) Waddell, Larry Bennich and John Glasscock.

Thanks, Willa, for always being agreeable, helpful and forthright. So many of us will miss you.

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