Meurer retires after almost 30 years of public service
With a bouquet of yellow flowers on her desk, and "Happy Retirement" balloons floating above her head, Shelby Meurer worked her last day as Greene County Treasurer on Monday.
"I love what I've done, but I'm ready for retirement," said Meurer.
She's done a lot -- she's spent 29 years in public service, and her office co-workers and other courthouse employees honored her with a New Year's Eve pitch-in lunch.
Meurer is a familiar face in the courthouse -- she has served a total of three four-year terms as Greene County's treasurer.
After graduating from Linton, she started her career in public service by getting a job in the utility office of the city of Linton.
"I started just out of high school," said Meurer, "and I worked there for seven and one-half years."
Meurer was elected as the county treasurer in 1988, then re-elected for a second term, serving two terms from 1989 through 1996.
Then she served as the Stockton Township Assessor for nine and one-half years.
In 2008, she won election to her third term as county treasurer, working another four-year stint at the courthouse from 2009 through 2012.
Of her 29 years in public service, Meurer said 21 had been as an elected official.
Meurer resides in Linton and says she welcomes retirement.
"I want to thank everyone for all the support I've been given over the years," said Meurer on Monday.
"I feel very blessed for all these years of service, but I'm ready. God has other plans for my life right now."