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Article published November 21, 2012
Butler County solicitor announces retirement
Graham leaving after 24 years
Kelly B. Garrett Butler Eagle
Butler County government is losing another long-time administrator, with solicitor Julie Graham tendering notice of her retirement Nov. 13. Graham began working as the county solicitor in April 1988 and will leave after 24 years on Feb. 8. She said last week that as much as she has enjoyed her time working for the county and that she will, “miss the many friends, co-workers and business associates that I have come in contact with over the years on a regular basis,” she believes now is the time to go. “The past year has been too hard,” Graham said of working for the county. Butler County Commissioner Bill McCarrier said he is sad to see Graham leave. “This is a great loss to Butler County,” he said. “Julie (Graham) has a wealth of knowledge about the county in her head. She is dedicated to her job and to the county, doing whatever has needed to be done, no matter how long it takes. “The public doesn’t know about all the hours she has spent after office hours and during (union contract) negotiations, and she’s salary, so there is no extra pay, but she stayed and got the job done,” he added. Graham’s retirement announcement comes on the heels of one made by Ed Rupert, director of Property and Revenue, as well as the actual retirement of long-time county clerk William O’Donnell two weeks ago. With workers often citing the degeneration of workplace atmosphere in the Butler County Government Center and Courthouse as their reason for leaving their jobs, McCarrier said he is aware of the sentiment. He declined, however, to comment further on that matter, except to say that it is a detriment to the county as a whole. McCarrier said the search to replace Graham would begin immediately. Graham said she is going to take some time for herself and her family with her last day in the commissioners office to be Dec. 31, then using her accumulated vacation time until her official February retirement date.