MARION -- City Clerk Alice Rix is set to retire on July 5 after 19 years of working for the City of Marion.
Rix began her employment with the city on July 5, 2000, as a records clerk in the Marion Police Department, back when the MPD was still in City Hall.
"I literally started out in the basement," Rix told reporters following Monday night's City Council meeting. Her retirement was unanimously accepted, "with regret" by Mayor Mike Absher and commissioners Doug Patton, John M. Barwick Jr., Jim Webb and John Stoecklin.
Rix, who worked her way up to assistant city clerk and was eventually appointed city clerk in 2011, said she plans to spend more time with her grandchildren, and perhaps go traveling.
She said she believes she will miss city government and "being in the know," but she also looked forward to lunch dates with former co-workers, which was never possible because the City Clerk's office staff never took lunch together at the same time.
During the meeting, Mayor Absher said he planned to put forward Deputy City Clerk Tammy Beasley as Rix's replacement, and he would then want to start a search for a new deputy.