Colbaugh retires after 29 years of service

Published 1:32 pm Tuesday, August 8, 2023

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By Danielle Morin
Star Correspondent
The Carter County Trustee’s office celebrated Gloria Colbaugh on July 28th for her 29 years of service to Carter County. The Chief Deputy Trustee plans to retire after nearly three decades of commitment to Carter County and its residents.
Put simply, Carter County Trustee Chad Lewis explained that Colbaugh’s role has been “helping take care of the county’s money,” one he says she has done with exemplary performance, adding, “She’s really saved the county lots of money through the years just by her expertise.”
Lewis spoke highly of Colbaugh’s position within and impact on the community calling her “a true asset to our county,” and adding, “I can’t say enough about how much she means to our office. I’ve always heard that everyone is replaceable, and I’ll tell you this, [Gloria] is going to be a really tough one to replace.”
Colbaugh has served as Deputy Trustee to both Chad Lewis and predecessor Randall Lewis since 1994. Like his successor, Randall also praised Colbaugh’s dedication and performance in the role in a statement to the Elizabethton Star during his time as a Trustee, saying, “Gloria was my first hire, and I have not been disappointed in the least about her work and service to the people, who visit this office day in and day out.”
The bittersweet celebration last Friday honored Colbaugh’s dedication to Carter County over the years. “We really hate to see her go but we are happy for her and her family to be able to retire at such an early age,” said Lewis.

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