A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF BUTTS COUNTY HONORING THE SERVICE AND LEGACY OF RHONDA W. SMITH, CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT; TO AUTHORIZE THE CHAIRMAN TO SIGN; TO DESIGNATE MARCH 31, 2019 AS RHONDA W. SMITH DAY IN BUTTS COUNTY; TO AUTHORIZE THE COUNTY CLERK TO ATTEST THE RESOLUTION; AND FOR OTHER LEGAL AND LAWFUL PURPOSES.

WHEREAS, Rhonda W. Smith, a native of Butts County, chose to serve her community in the service of the Superior Court of Butts County, and;

WHEREAS, Ms. Smith was appointed as an employee of the Butts County Clerk of Superior Court on March 5, 1984 and was later promoted to Chief Deputy Clerk in December of 1991, and;

WHEREAS, Ms. Smith became, upon the retirement of her predecessor, a Constitutional Officer and the 21st Clerk of the Superior Court on June 1, 1994, winning a special election in the fall of that year to retain the office, and later being re-elected to the office in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016, and;

WHEREAS, Ms. Smith has worked for 35 years with Butts County, all in total for the Office of Clerk of Court, and has served as the Clerk for the last quarter of a century, serving her constituents with honor, distinction and capability, as well as supporting the operations of the Superior Court of Butts County and the Towaliga Judicial Circuit with the utmost integrity and professionalism, and;

WHEREAS, Ms. Smith felt that investing herself into her home community, building a successful Constitutional Office, raising her family here and contributing enormously of her time, talents and energy towards the betterment of her county was a noble calling, and did strive to do all these things for many decades, becoming the second longest serving Clerk in County history and the longest serving individual to serve the Office of Superior Court Clerk since the Office was created in 1826, and;

WHEREAS, being that Rhonda W. Smith has chosen to retire from public office, effective March 31, 2019, it is fitting and proper that the governing authority and county from which she has served so capably pay homage and tribute to her, as well as her legacy of service and many accomplishments, now therefore be it:

RESOLVED, that the Butts County Commission hereby honors the Thirty-Five Years of service rendered to the Citizens of Butts County by Rhonda W. Smith and recognizes her Twenty-Five Years serving as Clerk of the Superior Court of Butts County by means of this resolution, and does hereby honor her by naming March 31, 2019 as β€œRhonda Smith Appreciation Day” in Butts County, Georgia and asks all Citizens of Butts County to do likewise, and does hereby authorize the Chairman to sign this Resolution and the Clerk of Butts County to certify it and spread it upon the minutes of Butts County for posterity.

It is so Adopted:
This 4th Day of March, 2019 at a Special Session of the Board of Commissioners

/s/ Ken Rivers, Chairman of Commission

/s/ J. Michael Brewer,
Deputy County Administrator
Clerk of Butts County Georgia

Author: Brewer, M