Ethan Steinquest/Macon County Times Lafayette Finance Officer and Recorder Annette Morgan will retire on May 2 after having worked at city hall since 1996 (she has served in her current position since 2000).

Ethan Steinquest/Macon County Times

Lafayette Finance Officer and Recorder Annette Morgan will retire on May 2 after having worked at city hall since 1996 (she has served in her current position since 2000).

Lafayette Finance Officer and Recorder Annette Morgan is headed for retirement on May 2 after more than 20 years at city hall, a career path that has seen her work alongside the past five mayors.

"I'm going to spend more time with my mom, my family and my grandchildren," Morgan said. "I'll have some more time to do things I want to do, and I also want to try and slow down my pace."

Morgan has stayed busy since taking a job assisting former city recorder Ruby Flowers in June of 1996 and moving into the position in 2000, functioning as the mayor's "right hand."

"I record council and committee meetings, do code book updates and ordinances," Morgan said. "This office also does the financial part of things, budgeting for administration, the police department, fire department ... all general fund and sanitation lines."

Lafayette Mayor Richard Driver said Morgan's experience helped him settle in to the position after he was elected in 2012.

"The main thing is that I knew I could trust her," Driver said. "I think past mayors would probably say the same thing.

"We're going to miss her. I tell everybody I'm going to need one of those red phones with a direct connection to Annette."

Before taking a job with the city, Morgan had helped her husband with a job as a trustee, so she brought previous experience with budgeting.

"I've been involved with a lot of projects that have improved the city, and it's been rewarding to see those things," Morgan said. "There have been many improvements made (at the airport) through grants, new playground equipment for the parks."

Morgan was also involved with having new council chambers built at city hall, a room that has been used both for various meetings and to welcome visiting officials. Gov. Bill Lee addressed community members there on a campaign stop shortly before his election.

"Annette has seen the city grow and worked under various council members and mayors," Driver said. "She's helped with a lot of organizations (as well).

"I hate to see her go, but I'm happy for her to be able to enjoy retirement."

Moving forward, Driver said that the county plans to hire a new administrative assistant along with a city recorder to take on the work Morgan has been handling.

Internal applications for city employees have been made available, with public applications to follow if applicable.

"I've made notes ever since I've had (retirement) on my mind to let people know what needs to be done," Morgan said. "I hope it will be a good transition. I've always felt fortunate to get to work for the city, like I was blessed to be there in any position."