Grayson County Commissioners took some time Tuesday to say farewell to a woman who as worked for the county for 28 years. Donna Hyepock is set to retire at the end of the month.


Hyepock started working with the Grayson County Health Department as a clerk typist back in December 1990. She worked in the Woman Infant and Children Program. Then, over the years, she held various positions including bookkeeper, payroll clerk, technical scanner and financial planner for the indigent health program.


In 2010, Hyepock transferred to the Purchasing Office as the buyer.


“I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my adventures with Grayson County,” Hyepock said when she addressed the commissioners.


Commissioner Phyllis James said she will miss Hyepock at the courthouse, both as a county employee and a friend.


“It has been such an honor to work with you and serve with you as a Christian sister because we’ve prayed together, we’ve talked about the Lord,” James said to Hyepock. “We’ve solved problems together.”


The commissioner then thanked Hyepock for mentoring her when James first joined the county court. Grayson County Purchasing Agent Jeff Schneider added his congratulations to the mix.


“Donna has served with tremendous integrity,” Schneider said. “Her work ethic has been phenomenal. She has dedicated herself to safeguard the public funds and done a wonderful job.”


Commissioner David Whitlock joked that Hyepock had the task of making the job easier for Schneider. Schneider is also set to retire later this year. On a more serious note, Whitlock said that Hyepock has been very helpful to him as he worked to use his county issued laptop.


“I hate to see either one them go,” Whitlock said. “We are going to miss you.”


Commissioner Bart Lawrence echoed that thanks for always being willing to help and said Hyepock has helped him considerably.


“When I came in, she did everything and helped in every way from folding my collar down right on down the line,” Lawrence said.


He teased that he started to vote “No” on the proclamation but was told that would not keep her from retiring.


Jerrie Whiteley is the criminal justice editor for the Herald Democrat. Contact her at jwhiteley@heralddemocrat.com or on Twitter @jlwhiteley.