Sandra Lyles enjoys learning about Smith County history.
The assistant director of record services for Smith County was recognized Tuesday during Commissioners Court for 25 years of service.
"I like the history of it; looking at the old records and learning about all of the different things that happened back then," she said of what she loves most about her job.
Ms. Lyles began working for Smith County as a microfilm clerk for the District Clerk's Office in November 1991. She has been working for the Record Services Department for more than 20 years.
"Sandra Lyles has a quarter of a century of dedicated and excellent service with Smith County," Record Services Director Joseph Settanni said. Throughout that time, she has developed a wide range of expertise and knowledge of records and resources, he added.
Ms. Lyles helps county personnel, as well as members of the public, with finding and obtaining county documents. Throughout her 25 years, she has seen a lot of changes in record retention with regard to technology - moving from microfilm to computers.
Settanni congratulated Ms. Lyles and wished her many more productive years with the county.
"I'm going to try to stay as long as my health permits me to," Ms. Lyles said. "It's a blessing being on the job for 25 years."
Also recognized this month for their years of service to the county were Kalisha Boyd, 15 years, auditor's office; Glenda Whisenhunt, 15 years, juvenile services; Taylor Heaton, 10 years, District Attorney's Office; and Theresa Adams, five years, auditor's office.
PURCHASING DIRECTOR AWARD
Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran recognized Purchasing Director Kim Gould for recently receiving the 2016 Presidential Award of Merit from the Texas Public Purchasing Association. She has served as vice president of the organization this year and is the incoming president.
She received the award for her outstanding dedication and service to the organization.
"She's been recognized for her excellence in purchasing, so thank you, Mrs. Gould, for your service," Moran said.
Mrs. Gould also serves as a director for the National Procurement Institute.