Sandy Garrett recently retired from her position as the Jackson County Commission Clerk after 30 plus years on the job.
Garrett began her career at the Jackson County Courthouse around 37 years ago. She said she started off doing some typing and once the ambulance service was added, she was then hired in to do their billing.
Following the birth of her son Andrew, Garrett returned to begin her adventure as the administrative assistant to the Jackson County Commission.
“It’s really easy for me to remember when I took my job as the assistant to the commission, because when I returned from maternity leave with my son, I took that job,” Garrett said. “And he will be 30 in October.”
Her duties over the years have included budget preparation, billing, covering the clerical duties for the Jackson County Commission meetings, and handling the day-to-day operations of the commission.
Garrett has enjoyed working with many commissioners on their budgets as well as the budgets of projects that have been completed by the county. She refers to herself as a “numbers person” and said she has always enjoyed the financial part of her job.
Garrett said she has enjoyed getting the opportunity to work with all the different commissioners over the years.
“I have worked for a lot of commissioners,” Garrett said. “I’ve worked with Democrats, I’ve worked for Republicans, and I have learned something from all of them.”
Everybody worked together as one big team and she feels that is something that made her experience great.
Another area of Garrett’s expertise included grant proposals. She has worked on several grant proposals throughout the years, ensuring the financial issues are maintained and records kept accordingly.
Working with the public was another of Garrett’s duties. She said working with them keep it interesting by not knowing what issues would arise from one day to the next.
Of all the duties that Garrett had in her time as Jackson County Commission Clerk, she said dealing with numbers and keeping the financial information was her favorite part.
“I feel like it’s been a real blessing to work here,” Garrett said. “If I’m ever needed to come back and help out, I’m willing to do that.”
As for her retirement plans, Garrett and her husband Mark plan on traveling and spending time with her son Andrew who is a captain in the United States Air Force. He and his family are currently stationed in Georgia. Garrett said she is looking forward to spending time with her grandson.