Dorothy Peppel has been working for Washington County for 59 years, which may be the longest amount of time for an employee in the state of Ohio. She currently serves as the Washington County treasurer, a position that she has held since 1980.
Question: How long have you been in this position?
Answer: I started working for the county Treasury Department right out of high school. Feb. 15 of this year was my 59th year working for the county. I believe that is the longest for the county government in the State of Ohio. But I have been in my current position as treasurer since April 1 of 1980. I’ve served nine consecutive four-year terms and ran unopposed in all but two of those elections. The only two I was opposed was my very first term in 1980 and the 1988 election.
Q: Is it still an exciting position for you despite working there for so long?
A: Of course! I certainly enjoy what I do, and I’ll be starting my next four-year term in September of this year. I really enjoy being able to serve those who support me in the election.
Q: How did you get started working in this position?
A: When I graduated from high school in 1953 the treasurer was a brother to my uncle and I heard they needed help typing the real estate bills. In six weeks at that position I typed about 60,000 real estate bills. After the job was finished I left and several months later they called and told me of an opening. I started out selling sales tax stamps and eventually moved over to an opening in the real estate department and have been here ever since.
Q: What is your favorite thing about your job?
A: The best thing about my job is being able to serve the people who support me. It’s such a rewarding feeling. The friends that I’ve made over the years in both in the office and around the county are another perk.
Q: Do you have plans to do anything else in the future?
A: I would be happy to stay here, but that could change in the future. You never know. I don’t want to do anything else though, so health permitting I would like to run again once my next four-year term is up. I could see myself becoming even more active in volunteering and organizational work in the future. I belong to the Pioneers Lady Civitan and I’m a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Church. I’m very active in the church and wouldn’t mind being able to work with them even more.
Christian Hudspeth conducted this interview.