Russell County loses seasoned commission office staffer to retirement

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Beth Monk’s last official day was Jan. 12 at the commission office

By Blenda Copeland

Russell County has just lost another seasoned employee to retirement.

Beth Monk, who served in the Russell County Commissioners’ Office in close tandem with the county administrator, has retired after 27 years of working for the county.

Beth Monk celebrated with co-workers, commissioners, department heads and others she has worked with throughout her career.

Monk began her county career at Russell County Utilities in 1990 as a cashier, working her way up to accounts payable and data entry. Interestingly, her mother and father, Doug and Sara Putnam, retired from Russell County Utilities the same year she began her employment there.  They served 18-plus years.

In 2007, Monk transferred to work directly for the Russell County Commission as the Special Projects Assistant; then, moved into the County Commission Administrative and Facilities Assistant role.

Her primary duties included providing administrative support to the commissioners and county administrator, processing and reconciling bank statements, records management, preparing commission agenda items, calendars and transcribing minutes, communicating information to departments and citizens, updating commission board members terms, and working with vendors and state contractors.

She worked her last official day in the Russell County Commissioner’s Office Jan. 12.

Through her last position, she had the privilege to work with at least 275 county employees, seven commissioners and other full-time staff in the commissioners’ office.

“She worked with all departments of the county,” said her supervisor, County Administrator LeAnn Horne at Monk’s party. “She’s really been, I would say, the backbone of our office. It’s been a privilege for me to work with her for all these years.”

Horne also noted that, “Beth is one of the hardest working people I have ever met.  I have the utmost respect for her and her family.  They are wonderful people.  Beth and her family have provided many, many years of community volunteer service through the Volunteer Fire Department and other civic organizations, as well as, working for the citizens of Russell County.

“I am very proud to have had the opportunity to work with her and to call her my friend.  I wish her the very best and blessings as she begins her retirement adventures!  She will be missed very much.”

Kelly Vineyard, who also currently works in the office, will transfer to take over Monk’s former job. Vineyard’s former position in accounts payable will be filled.