GREENVILLE — After 11 years on the job, Barbara Fee announced she will be retiring from her position as Greenville City Treasurer. Her last day in office will be July 29.
Fee took over as the Treaty City’s treasurer in 2005. Her current term of office runs through the end of 2017. The Darke County Republican Central Committee will have the opportunity to name an individual to fill her remaining term.
Asked what she will remember most about her time as treasurer, Fee said, “The people really. The city employees are really nice people. And it’s been fun, it’s not been like a job.”
Before being elected to the city treasurer position, Fee worked as a bookkeeper for radio station WDRK, which went off the air in 1989. She is also the longtime secretary and treasurer for Lighthouse Christian Center Church in Greenville, where her husband, Hershel Fee, is the pastor. The two started the church in 1980.
The Fees have been married 53 years. They were high school sweethearts growing up in Harlan, Kentucky, before eloping and moving, first to Florida, then finally settling in Darke County in 1979.
Fee also serves as the chaplain of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women. As such, she will be departing Greenville on Sunday to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, a trip she admitted she hadn’t had much time to plan.
“I got a call a couple of weeks ago asking me to come,” she said. “I haven’t received my schedule yet, but I should be getting it any day [now].”
Despite the short notice, Fee said she’s looking forward to the experience on the convention floor, saying, “It will be different, but it’ll be good, it’ll be history — it’ll be fun.”
In addition to memories and possibly some souvenirs, Fee said there is one thing she hopes to bring back from the convention.
“I’d like to have a picture with [Donald] Trump,” she said. “I’ve got one with [John] Boehner and [John] McCain, and all of them, but that would be something for my grandkids.”
As for retirement, Fee says she has no plans to relocate, but certainly plans to do some cross-country traveling with her husband.
“I want to spend more time with my great grandkids and grandkids, while they’re young, you know?” she said. “Family’s important.”
The Fees are parents to three grown sons: Hershel Jr., who lives in Alabama, Jeff, of Pickerington, Ohio, and Eric, who owns and operates funeral homes in Greenville and New Madison, Ohio. They also have seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
“I think mostly we’re going to travel,” she said, pointing out the couple would like to see historic Route 66 in addition to visiting extended family.
“My husband has quite a bit of family we’d like to see too. Everyone’s getting older,” Fee said, noting that she has a sister and three brothers with whom she’d also like to spend time.
Fee’s departure on July 29 coincides with the final day of work for Greenville Fire Department Chief Mark Wolf, who is moving on to another position, and will be given a ceremonial “Ride Home” that day.
When asked if the fire department should also give her a ride home in a fire engine, Fee said, laughing, “They should.”
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