FARMINGTON — Melinda Caton, a longtime Franklin County employee, was recognized Monday for her decades of service, which includes working as a corrections officer, dispatcher and most recently, a dispatch supervisor.

Communications Center Director Stan Wheeler commended her on 34 outstanding years of dedicated service to the Sheriff’s Office and Communications Center.

Caton has retired.

Wheeler presented her with a plaque and county commissioners stood to recognize her during their meeting at the county courthouse. Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. applauded her.

Caton who had her daughter, Cassandra, and son, Richard, with her, said she will now do just what she wants to do, when she wants to and as long as she wants to do it.

Wheeler told commissioners that he has posted the supervisor position in-house as per contract and will have at least one candidate. The union contract requires the position to be filled from within the department.

Commissioners also approved his request to advertise for a dispatcher to fill a dispatcher position once a supervisor is approved.

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