GLEN ROSE – In a special called Glen Rose City Council meeting the week before Thanksgiving, Stephanie Ritchie was named the new city secretary.

“I have big shoes to fill. We have a lot to do, but I am very excited about it. We have a really good group here,” said Ritchie, who previously worked in the city’s Building and Code Enforcement Office.  

Ritchie, who has been with the city for almost five years, was named the interim city secretary on Oct. 22, and less than a month later, she was officially appointed to that post.

“I was very happy with her performance when she was the interim city secretary,” Glen Rose City Administrator Michael Leamons said.  "She is very dedicated and has a great personality, and the work environment has really improved with her taking that position.”

Ritchie replaces Terri Johnson, who served in municipal government for 40 years with 30 of those as a city secretary or city manager. On Oct. 24, the City Council voted 4-1 to accept Johnson’s resignation, which was tendered Oct. 19.

As part of her duties as city secretary, Ritchie will oversee personnel, HR and finance as well as the deputy city secretary.

“I am very happy about it,” Ritchie said of her new position. “I hope that I can live up to the responsibility, and I am looking forward to it.”