City receptionist Janice Ferrett was honored with a retirement reception at the pro shop at Dogwood Hills Municipal Golf Course honoring her 21 years with the city. BONNIE FUSSELL

Longtime City Hall receptionist, Janice Ferrett retired recently after working for 21 years in Portland.

People often commented on her welcoming voice when calling or coming into city hall. She could put a smile on anyone’s face even those who had complaints.

Ferrett was very sick during a hospital stay in October, but she was determined to live.

She said she felt God was telling her that she was not going to die there; that she was going to live to retire because he had a plan for her. Whenever she doubted that it was time for her to retire, she felt God was always putting someone in her path to encourage her to retire.

The city honored her with a retirement reception on Feb. 12. City employees alternated coming to the pro shop at the Dogwood Hills Municipal Golf Course to attend. In addition, many of her friends and family members came to wish her well.

Mayor Mike Callis said, “Janice served the city well for about 21 years, and was instrumental in our Channel 3 TV station and the cable commission. She has made Portland a better place.”

“I was blessed to work for the city. I’m going to take off for the summer and then see where God takes me in the fall; meanwhile, I’m going to enjoy my grandchildren,” Ferrett said.


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