Photo by Chris Cooper Bob Riggs

Photo by Chris Cooper

Bob Riggs

After 15 years serving the City of Russellville as clerk-treasurer, Bob Riggs announced his last day will be Aug. 30, 2019.

Riggs, who has served under three mayors, says he will miss the relationships he has made at the city but admits he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Katy; his son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Sarah, and his grandchildren, Benjamin and Luke.

Riggs, who grew up farming between Lewisburg and Clifty, says he has always loved numbers because they always add up. His first career dream, however, included becoming a corporate attorney. It didn't take long after starting college at the University of Kentucky that he quickly realized accounting was where his passion was, graduating with a degree in that profession in 1973.

Although Riggs will be retiring in August, his first occupation was spent in the accounting department at was once known as Rockwell International. He stayed at the die casting industry for 27 years through the many ownerships and name changes.

Still living on the family farm, Riggs will now have more time to devote to his 500 acres. Tractors are his hobby and he is excited to be able to tinker with the four he owns.

"I'm going to be busy bush hogging, repairing the barn, improving the wooded areas, roads, and creek beds. There is plenty to do on a farm," said Riggs.

One of the highlights of his employment with the city has been working with its current Mayor Mark Stratton and the council.

"Bob has always been a great asset to the City of Russellville. His professionalism and dedication to the citizens of Russellville have been exemplary," said Mayor Stratton. "Bob will be missed by all who worked with him, and for me personally, I am losing not only one of my right hands but a dear friend I have become accustomed to being around as a daily part of this city."

For Riggs, it is the people he will miss the most.

"I appreciate all the support that has been shown to me. I have worked with a wonderful group of people. I have also enjoyed those who walk through this door to pay their taxes. It has been a great 15 years and I will miss everyone," Riggs said.