NITRO, W.Va. — Longtime City of Nitro Recorder Rita Cox says it’s time to relax…a little.

Cox’s 18-year run as recorder came to an end Friday with her retirement.

Cox, 80, decided not to run for reelection this year.

“I’ll remember how much fun it was to be on the inner workings of the city,” Cox said. “You think you know what the city is doing but it was such a different look.”

Cox has managed city hall operations, was in charge of council meeting minutes, handled all of the municipal, county, state and national elections and served on various boards and committees that benefited the city.

Cox said she’s not going to completely disappear.

“I’m going to enjoy my time. I plan on serving on some of the boards and committees in the city, so I’ll still be around,” she said.

Nitro city workers honored Cox in a Friday luncheon. The public had an opportunity to wish her well Friday afternoon.

“It’s been a great, great pleasure of my life to work here and it’s been a lot of fun,” she said.

Nitro voters elected Rich Hively as the city’s new recorder.

(Photo courtesy Joe Stevens)

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