Claremore Daily Progress

November 21, 2013

Georgia peach Angela Owens retires

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter


For the past 23 years, Angela Owens has been the “go-to” person for Rogers County officials in need of information about the county general fund.
Owens, a native of Georgia, will  retire and her co-workers will honor her from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 27 at the courthouse in the second floor meeting room.
Owens started working for the Rogers County Treasurer in 1991, and has been credited as knowing more about the $18 million budget than any other employee.
Owens will be the first to tell you a team does not succeed through the actions of one person. She is quick to deflect the attention to any other her teammates in the treasurer’s office and always recognizes the contributions of others.
Despite her modest demeanor, Owens is well deserving of the compliment, just ask anyone who has worked with her. Many times, commissioners and other elected officials have been heard uttering the words, “just ask Angela in the treasurer’s office” or “Angela will know [where, how to find it, what happened, how much money is in the account].”
A resource for every department, Owens has served the citizens of Rogers County with one goal, “be honest and helpful.”
“One thing I learned from the first day of working for the county, the only thing you have that is truly yours, that you can follow all the way through your career, is your integrity,” Owens said. “Our integrity as a worker is very important, I believe the people deserve to know the truth about their government.”
Owens moved from Thomasville, Ga.  to Oklahoma in 1981, but it wasn’t until starting her job with Rogers County she really got to know people, according to Owens.
“I didn’t know that many people when I moved to Oklahoma, but people have truly embraced me,” Owens said. “I have made some really great friends while working for Rogers County. I will never forget them.”
Because every taxpayer conducts business with the treasurer’s office, the job contributed greatly to her opportunity to meet new people. She quickly became close friends with not only her co-workers, but also the people she came in contact with at work. Through the years Owens extended that friendship to local business owners and surrounding county officials, who might be in need of assistance. If you ask her, she has been the fortunate one to meet so many great people. Her solid work ethic and dedication to detail made her a resource. Her love of people made her a delight to work with, according to her co-workers.
“Angela is a extremely valuable employee and she will be missed. Even the state auditor’s office complimented her work,” Commissioner Dan DeLozier said. “Not only is she a great employee, but a great friend. I had hoped she would change her mind and stay, but I wish her the best.”
“Rogers County is losing a great asset in Angela,” Rogers County Commissioner Kirt Thacker said. “I wish her the best of luck, wherever her new journey takes her.”
“Angela has always been fun to work with and really nice,” Shirley Shields, deputy county clerk.
“Angela was amazing when I started working with county finances,” said Jennifer Book, first deputy for the court clerk. “She spent days working with me and making sure I understood ever aspect, I needed to know. She was instrumental in the learning process and is truly awesome. Angela will be missed.”
“Angela is one of the sweetest, hardworking people who would drop anything to help someone and I mean that from the bottom of my heart,” Peggy Armstrong said. 
“I really appreciate everyone at the county. I have really great friends I will never forget,” Owens said.
She plans on enjoying the time off for a while.  She may pursue a job that is fun, but not before spending some quality time with her mother and sister.