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May 15, 2014

Jasper Library Manager retiring in July

Jasper — Jasper Public Library Manager Barbara Jones is retiring in July after 15 years of service to Hamilton County.

Jones is in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) within the Florida Retirement System, which was made available to all state employees in 1998. She turned 66 years old in March and she said she is simply ready to retire. She said she has a good crew at Jasper Public Library who will be an asset to whoever comes in to replace her.

“I’ve already sent in my letter of resignation and found out I could do it within six months,” said Jones. “July 5th is my last day. We may learn to eat sardines and saltines, which thank goodness I like them, and red beans and rice, but it’s just time,” she added. “My mom’s 87 and I need to move on to another phase.”

Jones said she has also been dealing with asthma issues from being around so many books for so many years.

Jones said she thought it would be a good idea to give her boss, Betty Lawrence, early notification of her retirement, so that she would have more time to find a replacement for her. She then explained the complicated process of paperwork and signatures needed that her resignation letter would have to go through before everything can be finalized.

Once she retires, Jones said, “I’ll be able to do things that I haven’t been able to do in a long time like clean my house, and I have a craft room that I never get to anymore.”

Jones and her husband Mike have two children and five grandchildren. Jones said her husband told her he wants her to take the first month of her retirement and do absolutely nothing.

In case you weren’t aware, Mike Jones can be heard on local radio doing commercials for Bruce Glueck Chevrolet on the corner of US 129 and Hatley St. in Jasper.

“He’ll be 66 on Feb. 6, and we both graduated June 6, 1966,” Jones said. “Then I’ll be 66 in March. All these sixes,” she added, laughing.

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