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A role model for other public servants

Johnson City Press • Jan 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM

A familiar and very friendly face at Johnson City’s Municipal and Safety Building is calling it a career. Wednesday is Becky Buchanan’s last day as the city’s community relations director. She is retiring after a stellar 36 years in municipal service.

Buchanan, who has a degree in art and education from East Tennessee State University, began her consummate career in 1981 when she was hired by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to serve as cultural arts director. She was promoted to operations manager in 1988 and assistant Parks and Recreation director in 1995.

She was named the city’s community relations director in November 1999. In all her roles in city government, Buchanan has displayed a high level of competency and compassion when dealing with her colleagues, news organizations and city residents.

She has been a true public servant, and a role model for others who strive to be the same. She’s also been a community leader who has lent her time and talents to many worthy causes. She has served on countless boards and committees, including the Department of Veterans Affairs Mountain Home Museum Board, Sister Cities International and the Convention and Visitors Bureau Board.

Buchanan also headed the 2011 fundraising campaign for the United Way of Washington County, which exceeded its $1.8 million goal.

Now, Buchanan plans to travel with her 91-year-old father, who just recently retired in Morristown, and spend quality time with family and friends. We wish her a very happy and productive retirement.

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