RANBURNE — A town employee called “the backbone” of her community for nearly 30 years has resigned from her post.
In a called meeting Monday night the Ranburne Town Council unanimously accepted the resignation of longtime town clerk Pam Richardson. Richardson has been working for the city for the last 28 years and turned in her resignation last week. Her last day will be this Wednesday.
Ranburne Mayor Jim Smith praised Richardson for her service to the town.
“She was the backbone of this town for 28 years, she loves the town, she was a big part of this town for a long time and the townowes a debt to her for all the hard work she’s done,” Smith said.
The mayor said the town is now looking to hire a town clerk/ municipal court clerk to succeed Richardson.
Richardson said she wants to spend more time with her husband, who has stage four lung cancer.
“I submitted my resignation at the last meeting, and it’s time for me to move on, my husband's not well and I would rather spend days with him than away from him,” Richardson said.
Richardson said she has worn many hats during her 28 years working for Ranburne including:
- Town clerk
- Court clerk
- Senior Center program administrator
- 401K administrator
After the meeting she was tearful when talking about her situation.
“The time is right, I don’t know what the next step is with my husband,” Richardson said.
The council also unanimously approved several resolutions taking Richardson’s name off of various town bank accounts other financial/insurance accounts.
The council also approved an ordinance allowing the chief of police to sell abandoned and surplus property at auction. The auction will take place Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. behind the Ranburne Senior Center on Highway 46. This will coincide with the annual Highway 46 Yard Sale which is on Sept. 29-30.