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Giddens retires from City of Albany

January 30, 2004

ALBANY - One of Albany's longest serving employees is giving her fingers a rest and retiring.

Gussie Giddens started out as a key-punch operator back in 1972.  She was the first black clerical worker hired by the city.  Today, she was presented a plaque by City Manager Janice Allen-Jackson.

"My goal was to do my best," Giddens said.  "I felt like if I done my best, it would be easier to hire some more blacks. That's what I done. And I tried to help all that came through the doors.

Giddens said she isn't sure what she'll do now.  Many of her friends said she was one who would always help out and Giddens said she'd still be on call for her friends throughout the City of Albany.

posted at 4:50p.m. by mathew.palmer@walb.com