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Submitted by Lori Moots-Clair
Rebekah McCarty was hired by Ester Plowman, then local public health department Administrator, just over 30 years ago, as the agency Clerk of the Knox County Health Department. As the longest employee of the department, McCarty has seen the agency through many transitions, including 3 different buildings and multiple state programs. At her retirement she was the primary clinic clerk, vital records clerk, WIC certifier and immunization entry clerk. Current Administrator, Lori Moots-Clair remarked, “Becky leaves some major shoes to be filled, she has acquired a lot of knowledge over the last 30 years and will be missed.”
Per Moots-Clair, the agency is very grateful to McCarty who first came to the agency in June 2023 to announce she wanted to be fully retired in March 2023. “Becky gave us more than enough time to hire a new Clerk and allow them time with her to get a feel for the role. This was just another example of how important her transition and the service to the clients has been to her”, said Moots-Clair.
In honor of McCarty’s 30 years of service and her retirement the agency hosted an open house on February 24, 2023, to allow community members and partners in county service the opportunity to thank her for all her service.