After 42 years working in the Elkhart County Auditor’s Office, Barbara Wray, 62, is hanging up her hat.
We caught up with the longtime general supervisor about her decades of experience with local government.
Here’s what she had to say.
Q: Has emerging technology over the years made things easier or presented new challenges?:
“It’s been somewhat easier, but it’s also brought new challenges because there are always new bugs in new systems that need to be ironed out.”
Q: What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened while working for the auditor’s office?
“We were processing a claim for an overpayment of taxes for this lady, and she swore that she was the Princess of Wales. I told her ’Well, no, we need it titled in your name,’ and she just insisted that she was the Princess of Wales...so she signed her name and wrote Princess of Wales underneath it. I kept that for quite a few years.”
Q: What is it about your job that’s kept you loyal to Elkhart County government for so long?
“We actually had a boss for 16 years who was here for [several terms], Charles Miller, and he was just such a joy to work for, and with the number of years I had in at that point, I thought about job security. That’s basically what kept me here.
Q: What’s been your favorite part of your job?
“I would probably say doing the corrections in the computer. I just enjoy working with figures and the computer inputting. I’m a numbers person.”
Q: What plans do you have for retirement?
“Basically take it easy and hopefully do some traveling with a longtime friend. I’m not sure where yet. We’ve got various friends within the states and possibly outside. I’m not exactly sure. I’ll get out of Elkhart County a little bit.”
“I’m going to of course miss the people I’ve worked with, and when I come in to pay my insurance I’ll probably pop in and and see them, so I won’t completely stay away.”