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Longtime city employee celebrates retirement

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    Freda Pierce retired from working for the City of Elgin for 35 years.
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    City manager Thomas Mattis talks about how Freda Pierce has worked in many city departments "on the front lines" helping citizens.
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    Mayor Chris Cannon, who is about as old as Freda Pierce’s career, shares his earliest memories of City Hall before presenting the proclamation.
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    From left to right: City manager Thomas Mattis, former Elgin Public Library director Sandy Ott, Freda Pierce, Mayor Chris Cannon.
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    Freda Pierce expresses her gratitude. “There’s always ups and downs, but it’s been mostly ups,” she said.

Friends and coworkers celebrated Freda Pierce’s 35-year career at the City of Elgin with air hugs, masked smiles and a proclamation in her honor on Friday morning.

Freda Pierce began working for the City of Elgin in March 1984, where she managed all utility billing and collections, served as the dispatcher for utility and street crews, and conducted city and county tax collections. After that, she worked at the Elgin Public Library, handling circulation, collection management and more.

Throughout her career, she has worked in each of Elgin’s city hall locations. Her work started with an NCR billing machine, where she entered every meter reading by hand, then transitioned to an IBM System 32 computer, which was the size of an entire desk, then an IBM System 36.

To commemorate her retirement, Friday, August 21 was proclaimed Freda Pierce Day.