Dean Gravitt was surrounded by co-workers, friends and family Monday as they celebrated her 22 years on the job.
Gravitt, who was promoted to Forsyth County’s chief deputy clerk of court at the end of 2009, is retiring Aug. 1.
During a ceremony held for her at the Forsyth County courthouse, she said she’d like to travel and spend more time with family.
“I hope it’s as much fun as it sounds and I hope I get to do some of that,” she said. “Everybody tells me [retirement’s] great.”
Gravitt said there have been a lot of changes in the clerk’s office over the years and she’s met a lot of people along the way.
“I worked here before we had our first computer and we did everything by hand, so that has been a big change,” she said.
Greg Allen, Forsyth County clerk of court, said while it is sad to say goodbye to Gravitt, “we know she’ll leave us in good shape and herself in good health to enjoy her retirement.”
He noted that Gravitt worked for the clerk’s office from 1983 to 1990 and from 1996 to the present. She also worked in the county tax assessor and tax commissioner offices.
“There’s no secret regarding Dean’s success and her expertise in the clerk’s office,” Allen said, adding that Gravitt cares deeply about the county and has been patient with him as they’ve grappled with maintaining a high level of service to the public with fewer employees each year.
“I’m losing not only my chief deputy but a good friend,” Allen said. “I’ll miss our daily chats concerning current events, politics, church and our families. Even though we come from different generations we see issues with similar perspectives and opinions.”
Allen joked that their only difference is “in Baptist versus Methodist.”
Forsyth County Probate Judge Lynwood “Woody” Jordan and Forsyth County Chief State Court Judge Phillip Smith also said Gravitt will be missed and thanked her for her service.