TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — After 47 years with the Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission, Executive Director Sallie Fahey is packing up her office.
"I have been able to see changes that were a direct result of decisions made by this office, and the plan commission," Fahey explained.
She's worn a lot of hats since starting her career..
"So, I've pretty much done everything," Fahey said. "My entire profession has been here."
In 2004, she took over as executive director. APC Chair Jackson Bogan said she'll be missed.
"Sallie has been an amazing leader and empowers her staff," Bogan said.
That leadership has led to a lot of development. Fahey said two of the most memorable are the U.S. 231 extension and the Hoosier Heartland Highway.
She said she's proud of her accomplishments, but it's time to say goodbye.
"Why retire now?" Fahey asked.
"Because I'm getting old," Fahey said with laughter.
All joking aside, Fahey has a good reason for her retirement.
"I still love my job, there's no question about that," she said. "I think that you should retire while you still love what you do."
Former Johnson County Planning and Zoning Director David Hittle will be taking over for Fahey. He starts on March 1.
Fahey said she's staying around a few extra weeks to allow for a smooth transition.