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June 3, 2013

Fleming retires after 30 years with town

TARBORO — Lynne Fleming, collector of revenue for the Town of Tarboro, retired Friday after 30 years of working for the town. Fleming said she would miss her customers and coworkers alike, but she looks forward to “staying home and taking care of my family” in retirement.

“It’s been wonderful,” said Fleming, of her tenure with the town. “I’ll miss them (my coworkers) terribly. They’ve been very good friends. It’s more like a family.”
Town Manager Alan Thornton presented Fleming with a plaque commemorating her years of service with the town at a party in her honor at town hall Friday. Fleming, a Tarboro native, began her employment with the town as a utility billing clerk in 1984. For the past five years, she has been the collector of revenue.

“It’s quite an accomplishment, quite a feat, and we’re all going to miss her,” Thornton said. “The town has certainly been the beneficiary of her professionalism and her expertise.”

Thornton dubbed Fleming an “institution” at town hall, and as such, the task of replacing her is “very difficult,” but the town has found someone to fill Fleming’s shoes. Julie Braxton, assistant collector of revenue, will assume the role of collector of revenue beginning today.

“I think she’s learned from one of the best,” said Thornton.

As collector of revenue, Fleming took tax payments and utility payments, supervised the front counter of the billing office and helped citizens deal with issues they had with their bills, said town finance director Karla McCall.

“It takes a special kind of person to do that every day and have a pleasant personality,” Thornton said.

“She’s very pleasant, a wonderful person to work with, very selfless,” McCall said. “She’s always willing and easy to get along with, dependable…She’s a very devoted employee to the Town of Tarboro for all these years. We just feel fortunate to have worked with her.”

Fleming said most of her interactions with customers have been positive.

“I have a few customers who have come in today just to say, ‘congratulations,’” Fleming said.

Fleming has seen many changes in her years at the town, from new employees to foregoing paperwork in favor of spreadsheets and automated reports.

“We’re going to miss her experience and her willingness to make change,” McCall said.

In her retirement, Fleming plans to travel to Puerto Rico with her family to visit her son, who is in the Coast Guard, and to Mississippi to visit her daughter. She also plans to volunteer for VOICE (Volunteers Offering Independent Care for the Elderly.)

 

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