Monday, March 29, 2010

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Mary White!

This week, the City bids goodbye to one of our longest-serving and most beloved employees -- Council Secretary Mary White. If you follow City Council even a little bit, then you know Mary -- she's the one who keeps things running, manages every detail, and makes sure everything gets handled properly.

Mary, we're happy to see you taking your much-deserved retirement, but we're sorry to see you go. Thank you for all you've done as a City staffer, and for all you WILL do--because we know you're going to stay involved and active in our community.

Last week, the City celebrated Mary with a retirement party that was well attended and showed how loved she is. And on Monday last week, we managed to surprise her (not an easy thing to do!) by slipping this proclamation into the agenda:

Whereas, March 1, 1980, Mary White started her employment with the City of Vancouver; and
Whereas, Mary worked in the word processing department until April 5, 1993 when she was promoted into the position of Council Secretary. Mary continues to serve her role as Council Secretary until March 31, 2010; and
Whereas, Mary has served in her role as Council Secretary with the utmost dedication, attending to the needs of Council, staff and citizens. Mary leaves a legacy of excellence, attention to detail, and friendship; and
Whereas, All employees and community members who have been honored to work with Mary will gather and celebrate on March 24, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 210 E. 13th Street; and
Whereas, We request your RSVP’s no later than March 22, 2010 at 5 p.m. to Alexis Bafus at 487-8607 or
NOW, THEREFORE, WE, Vancouver City Council and City Manager’s Office employees, do hereby honor Mary L. White as she sets sail for new retirement adventures.

Thank you, Mary, for your time, dedication, and service!