WINTON – The career of now retired Cooperative Extension Director Deborah J. Howard was honored by Hertford County Monday morning.
At the regular meeting of the Hertford County Board of Commissioners, Howard was given a plaque for her service from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension as well as a Resolution of Appreciation from the board.
Current Cooperative Extension Director Reba Green-Holley presented a plaque to Howard on behalf of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and expressed her appreciation for all Howard had done in Hertford County.
Afterwards, Hertford County Commission Chairman Howard J. Hunter III read the Resolution of Appreciation.
“Whereas Deborah J. Howards has served continuously in the Hertford County Cooperative Extension Department from August 1, 1979 through December 31, 2008, serving as Director since August 1, 1988; and
“Whereas during her term of service, the citizens of Hertford County have benefited from her experience, ability and devotion to her work; and
“Whereas Deborah J. Howard continuously updated her department to better serve the public and all the citizens of Hertford County.
“Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Hertford County Board of Commissioners that Hertford County has been fortunate to have the efficient and devoted services of Deborah J. Howard during her twenty-nine years of service.
“Be it further resolved, on behalf of the entire Hertford County Board of Commissioners and all our citizens, we do hereby tender to Deborah J. Howard this certificate of public recognition, extending to her our deep appreciation for her distinguished service and our best wishes for a long and successful retirement.”
Commission Vice Chairman Johnnie R. Farmer added that he knew Howard had been a good Extension Director, but that her touch on Hertford County had gone far beyond that.
“She is always doing her work behind the scenes and not seeking recognition,” he said. “She has served with me on the Smart Start board and has been a true advocate for the welfare of young children.”
Then, turning to Howard, he said, “Thank you so much.”
Commissioner DuPont L. Davis added his thanks and said he had always found Howard good to work with and she always had a good sense of humor.
Howard retired December 31, 2008 from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension after serving more than 25 years with Hertford County. She retired as the agency’s director.