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Lansford retires to praises, few complaints

Lansford retires to praises, few complaints

July 31st, 2011 in News

Karen Jennings, right, becomes emotional as she says "goodbye" to Charlie Lansford, at left, during a retirement party in honor of him in city hall. Jennings is director of the Jefferson City Animal Shelter and has worked closely with Lansford in preliminary phases of a new animal shelter. In the middle is Charlie's wife, Barbara Lansford.

Photo by Julie Smith

It's been a month of "lasts" for Charlie Lansford - his last City Council meeting, his last early morning pre-Council "Brown Bagel" meeting, his final committee meetings.

But when Lansford, 63, wakes up Monday morning at his new home in southwest Missouri, he'll have a "first" to go with that string of lasts - the first day he won't have to get up for work.

Friday was Lansford's last day on the job as a Jefferson City government employee - he's retiring after 36 years.