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Sayers at her desk

Familiar faces retiring from city

By Leigh Anne Butler

Marilyn Sayers

Many Tallassee residents know Marilyn Sayers as one of the friendly faces at Tallassee City Hall.  After 32 ½ years of service to the City of Tallassee, Sayers retirement was official this past Friday.

Sayers started her career working for the Town of Carrville.  When Carrville and Tallassee merged in 1982, Sayers came to work in Tallassee where she handled utility billing for many years.   She later moved to accounts payable, where she stayed until her retirement. 

“The best thing about my job was the friendships,” Sayers explained.  “from my co-workers to the public.  I just enjoy people and getting to see everyone.  I had wonderful co-workers.  There was not a lot of turnover, so they become like family.”

Sayers has worked under three mayors; Thomas Pollard, Bobby Payne and George McCain.  She also was a part of a change in venue when the city's headquarters moved from the building now solely used by the Tallasssee Police Department to their present location in East Tallassee at the old elementary school house.

Sayers is excited about the next chapter in her life.  She plans to do more volunteering in the community and traveling with her family. 

“I am excited to be able to spend more time with my grandchildren. (Mickey) and I are also very involved with the senior adult group at church.”

While Friday, July 31 was officially Sayers last day, June 26 was her last day in the office.  She was fortunate to be able to use accumulated vacation time the last few weeks of her service.

“This has been a wonderful career for me.  It allowed me to be close to home.  I got to do a lot of things with my grandchildren that I might not have been able to do had I worked somewhere else.”

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