EDMOND — Nancy Nichols has worked for the past 40 years and is ready to retire after 28 years with the city of Edmond.
“I have never, not worked,” said Nichols, Edmond's city clerk and director of governmental relations. “I don't know what it will be like.”
Nichols has been a lobbyist for the city since 1994. She plans to contract with the city four months a year so she can continue lobbying after she retires Dec. 21.
Nichols first worked temporarily for the city as a Kelly Girl after the oil bust in the 1980s. She was hired full time in 1984 as deputy city clerk. She was promoted to city clerk in 1994 and took on the duties of director of government relations the following year.
Nichols' list of accomplishments at the city is lengthy.
She initiated the customer service training program for the city.
“We were not treating our customers as we should,” Nichols said.
The city clerk also headed a group of 100 residents who prioritized 18 projects the city should accomplish with the 1/8-cent sales tax passed in 1996. Five years later, voters made the capital improvement sales tax permanent.