For Tommy Smyth, this afternoon's party was to celebrate his new position.
While for Lou Murdock, it was to reflect on her 16 years of public service.
Friends and co-workers gathered in the county annex building for a retirement party for the Lou Murdock.
Special gifts, like this specially made license plate, pictures and a sweet party spread served as the backdrop as co-workers and friends bid her a happy retirement.
"I think the thing I enjoy most of the whole thing was when people would come in with problems and if I could I could help them. There's only so much I could do. But even if you can't help them you can sympathize and you can make them understand why you can't help them and possibly if there's something they could do so you could help them in the future," Murdock explains.
It's that's help and personal contact Murdock says she'll miss the most.
Ironically, interacting with the public is what the Tax Collect Elect is looking forward to doing.
Co-workers held a party for Tommy Smyth at the Wichita Falls Police Department.
He says his 23 years in law enforcement will help as he transitions to tax collector.
"I think actually the core basics of the job is still having a genuine care of working with the public and trying to be very service oriented and there's definitely a curve to the side of this job as for as the property tax side and motor vehicle tags and registration. We're looking forward to that," Smyth says
So, as Smyth prepared to take the office of county tax collector, Murdock prepared to leave the position.
And parties paved the way for both the do just that.
Murdock's says she's looking forward to spending more time with her family.
Her last day on the job is December 31st.
The next morning, Smyth will be sworn as Wichita County Tax Collector at the Wichita County Courthouse
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