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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — Genarah Manuel’s 12 years as Collingsworth County Tax Assessor/Collector has been fueled by her love for people.
“I truly have enjoyed the job and the residents of the county, but it’s time to retire,” Manuel said. “I’ve especially enjoyed all my courthouse buddies too.”
A 1974 graduate of Wellington High School, Manuel previously worked nine years at Bartlett’s Lumber & Hardware followed by 11 years at the cable office before her current position.
Previous to Manuel’s tax collector service, Patsy Barnett served in this office. Voters elected Manuel in 2009 upon Barnett’s retirement.
Manuel said she appreciates the 10 years her assistant Kim Clancy worked from May 2009 until May 2019. Rhae Harris Jones helped the summer of 2019 then Dana Langford Hughs started mid August 2019.
One of the biggest changes Manuel has seen in her years of service is when the license and inspection sticker combined to one March 1, 2015. And of course, with the pandemic, Manuel and her staff work out of their east window, sanitize constantly and wear masks. When the office reopened for a time, they viewed customers through plexiglass shields.
Courthouse employees hosted a retirement reception Dec. 22 for Manuel. Her husband Joey Manuel along with daughter Allison McClure of Amarillo with grandsons Thayne and Sloan, and daughter April Wright and grandson Trenton of Samnorwood surprised Genarah at the party.
Son-in-laws Jeremy McClure and Larry Wright and grandson Weston Wright complete her family.
In her retirement, Manuel plans to keep watching lots of baseball and football and continue chasing her grandsons in their activities. She said she likes to do crafts and serves as a member of the Nazarene church. Husband Joey retired from the post office in January 2013.
“We’ve quarantined together so we are good,” she laughed. “We are ready to go to Red River to fish and enjoy the mountains.”
Elected this past March 3 in the Primary, Sharon Henard Patterson Chism began her new position as Collingsworth County Tax Assessor/Collector Monday, Jan. 4.