Tuesday, September 14, 1999

After 30 years in city posts, auditor to retire

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Debbie Biggs started as a police dispatcher, worked her way to meter maid and ended up in one of the highest positions in the city.

        After 30 years — and stints in almost every city department — Mrs. Biggs will retire at the end of the year from her post as auditor and council clerk.

        “If somebody had told me 30 years ago that I'd still be here, I would have laughed at them. But, boy, time flies,” Mrs. Biggs said.

        With her departure, the city loses another font of historical knowledge in a key leadership position. Former City Manager Richard Hayward resigned last fall after 11 years in Lebanon, and 30-year veteran Bill Duning, the city's attorney, has announced he intends to retire next year.

        “It will be a loss,” said Doug Johnson, the city's planner who has worked with Mrs. Biggs for 22 years. “You lose a lot of experience when you lose 30 years.”


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