Beth Hamrick readies her office for her retirement, organizing information for Michelle Farrar to take over her position as Mint Hill’s town clerk. PHOTO BY AMANDA WATERS

November 30 will mark the end of Beth Hamrick’s 32-year career with the Town of Mint Hill. Hired in 1980 as a receptionist, Hamrick’s role has changed over the years. She has served as the secretary to the town administrator, the Planning Board coordinator, secretary to the Board of Adjustment, and the deputy clerk. In 1985 she became the town clerk, the position from which she is retiring.

Throughout the years, Hamrick has seen Mint Hill grow, tripling in population. She has served with numerous commissioners and four mayors. She has served in the town’s last three town hall locations: the McEwen Shopping Center, the building on Matthews-Mint Hill Road, and the newest building on Mint Hill Village Lane. Hamrick took classes for various certifications, including the certificate of municipal clerk and master municipal clerk.

Hamrick grew up in Gaston County and moved to Mint Hill with her new husband, Carleton, in 1976. Their son, daughter, and grandson all grew up in the town.

Retirement will allow more time for family. When asked what she plans to do, Hamrick smiled and said, “Whatever I want.”

“I love to travel in North Carolina,” she said. “The small towns of our state celebrate the simple things in life.” She would also like to see the New England states and the Grand Canyon.

Town employee Michelle Farrar will take over as town clerk when Hamrick leaves. Her first day will be during the open house for the Mint Hill Town Hall, Sunday, December 2, from 3-5:30 pm.

The town also has planned a retirement re- ception in honor of Ham- rick November 14 from 11 am to 1:30 pm.

“I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of the people I’ve served at the recep- tion,” she said. Residents are invited to attend to celebrate her many years of service.