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Halifax County commissioners today recognized the retirements of several employees.

Commissioner Marcelle Smith recognized the retirement of county Library Director Ginny Orvedahl, who retired at the end of June with 29 years of service.

“Over the years I’ve had a lot of opportunities to work with you,” Smith said. “Quiz Bowl has been a highlight. Thank you for all your hard work.”

Orvedahl told the board, “I’ve been fortunate to have a job I love. Thank you for believing in the public library.”

She also recognized newly named Library Director Brenda Mills. “My successor will do a wonderful job.”

In the resolutions read by board members they noted each retiree “served in many positions of honor in the community and state as well as being a dedicated public servant to the citizens of Halifax County.”

Commissioner Linda Brewer recognized the retirements of Carmella Martin and Barbara Boone.

Martin decided to retire at the end of June, finishing her 24-year career as a processing assistant IV with the county public health system. 

Boone retired at the end of June after a 30-year career as an investigative, assessment and treatment social worker with Halifax County Department of Social Services.

Boone and Martin simply thanked the board for the recognition.

Commissioner Rives Manning recognized the retirement of Rose Whitaker, who spent 30 years with the county and retired as a social worker II with social services. She thanked the board for the recognition.

Commissioner Patrick Qualls recognized the retirement of Gurmeet S. Suri who retired at the end of June. Suri was a detention officer for the sheriff’s office for eight years.

“I thank God and all the officers I worked with,” he said, recognizing retired Chief Deputy Bruce Temple “for helping me” get in the field.

Suri also recognized several other officers for helping him throughout his career.