She may have been one of the longest-tenured employees, but she wasn't necessarily the oldest.

On June 28, after a 40-year career, Dodge City Finance Director and city clerk Nannette Pogue retired from the City of Dodge City.

Pogue, who grew up in Ness City, is a graduate of St. Mary's of the Plains college in business and accounting, an area she was passionate about.

"I was always good with numbers," Pogue said. "That was my passion. I worked in other areas, but when I started doing the accounting that's where I landed and that's why I stayed."

Pogue worked for the city part time in 1978 while attending college before moving to full time in 1980 as the records clerk for the city manager.

From there Pogue was appointed secretary to the city manager, then over the years went to assistant to the city manager, personnel director or human resources then finance director in 1990.

In 1992, Pogue was named the city clerk while still holding the finance director position.

"With numbers they are absolute," Pogue said of her expertise. "When you have one plus one it was always two, it was never, 'Oh it depends.'

"Which a lot of things are like that and they change over the years so when you're in numbers and accounting, it's, that's the answer."

With the absolute mindset, the accounting aspects with a city led to Pogue's other passion — solving problems.

"I love solving problems," she said. "I like when you are working on a budget and you finally get to the end product. I like troubleshooting, and figuring out where a problem is and fixing mistakes along the way."

Now with 40 years behind her, Pogue was behind the scenes during many of the major changes Dodge City has had, many of which came within the last 20 years.

Among those were the sales tax project Why Not Dodge?, Dodge City Raceway Park, Legends Park and United Wireless Arena.

"Because you are working for a city," Pogue said, "you are always trying to make the city a better place.

"I was in on the ground up with a lot of those projects. It was 1997 when the ballot passed and sales tax started so it (took) quite a bit of time getting those in but being a part of the team of getting something the community wanted, to me, was fun."

The lead up to retirement began almost two years ago for Pogue.

The city hired Nicole May to begin the process of stepping into Pogue's shoes.

"It was time for some new blood," Pogue said. "My husband retired a year and a half ago and when you're working every other Monday night, or you're in the office all the time, you don't have much flexibility in your personal life.

"You get vacations and things but you can't just run off and go do things, so I am looking forward to that."

Pogue plans on traveling and making visits to Cedar Bluff Lake but still plans on staying in Dodge City and volunteering when she can.

But one thing is for certain, it is the people she worked with she will miss the most.

"I will miss the people and being in the know with what's going on," Pogue said. "You know about a lot of things coming before they happen, but the people I will miss most."

Being a numbers person, Pogue looked into some statistics during her time with the city.

In 40 years, Pogue worked with seven city managers, 22 mayors and 38 commissioners; worked on 30 annual budgets; attended 900 city commission meetings; worked with 4,505 co-workers; and worked in three different city halls.

A retirement reception for Pogue will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Santa Fe Depot.

For more information on the reception, contact Dodge City public information specialist Abbey Martin at 620-225-8100 or abbeym@dodgecity.org.

 

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