Friend of Townships award goes to Duffey

Messenger photo by Jeff Pfeil
Debbie Duffey (second from right) accepts the Friends of the Township Association award at the Madison County Township Association’s Christmas party. Making the presentation are association representatives: (from left) Erin Morris, secretary/treasurer; Mike Sullivan, vice president; Rob Turvy, president; and Steve Denes, executive committee member.

(Posted Dec. 13, 2022)

Each year during their Christmas party, the Madison County Township Association presents the Friend of the Township Association Award. This year’s honoree is Debbie Duffey. The party and presentation took place on Dec. 12.

Debbie was raised in Madison County and graduated from London High School. During her senior year, she started working at Central National Bank, later known as Huntington National Bank. In 1977, she went to work in the Madison County Auditor’s Office. During her employment with the auditor’s office, she worked for three different auditors: Max Weimer, Jim Williamson, and current auditor, Jennifer Hunter.

Debbie and her husband, Scott Duffey, have been married for more than 48 years. They have two children and six grandchildren. Debbie took a short hiatus from the auditor’s office to raise their children to school age, then went back to work. She was employed at the auditor’s office for 35 years.

Over the course of her career, Debbie saw many changes and upgrades to the auditor’s office. When she first arrived, the staff was hand-typing all budgetary checks and calculating the disbursement of real estate taxes with a 10-key calculator. Those tasks went from taking days and weeks to hours. Debbie also saw the transition from hand-drawn property record records to computerized records using geographic information system technology and aerial photography.

Debbie handled just about every job at the auditor’s office, from payroll and budgetary duties to real estate and dog tags. In 2002, she became chief deputy auditor. She retired in May 2021 and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, camping, and reading.

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