Council clerk retires after 37 years’ service

DEIDRE CRUSE, Governmental Reporter

Betty Barber, the first black secretary of the Iberville Parish Police Jury and the only person to serve as clerk of the Iberville Parish Council, is retiring after 37 years with the parish.

At her retirement, Barber was the Iberville Parish government’s longest-serving employee, said Council Chairman Eugene P. Stevens Jr.

Stevens announced Barber’s retirement at the Parish Council meeting last week, and proposed throwing her a party to celebrate her years of service.

Barber, who has been on sick leave since December, wrote Stevens that she was retiring effective this month.

“I have enjoyed the many years working with such outstanding officials and employees,” Barber wrote. “From 1972 to 2009, I have experienced a memory I will forever cherish.”

“I went as long as my knees would keep me going,” Barber told the POST/SOUTH in a telephone interview. She is undergoing physical therapy and preparing for knee replacement surgery.

Barber first went to work in the police jury’s administrative offices. She was appointed as the jury’s secretary after the retirement of longtime Secretary-Treasurer Carl F. Grant.

When the parish’s Home Rule Charter went into effect in 1997, she was appointed as clerk to the new Iberville Parish Council, created in the charter as the parish’s legislative branch.

The council now will advertise for her replacement.