The city of Fort Oglethorpe said goodbye to long-time friend and local historian Gerry Depken Monday night, July 10, while also welcoming Rick Quarles as its new building and planning-zoning director.

During the City Council meeting, Mayor Earl Gray read a proclamation for historian Gerry Depken, who is moving out of state.

"Depken has served our community as a historian, dedicated volunteer, and friend of the local government, and has been a vital part of preserving our rich history for present and future generations," Gray said. "I, Earl Gray, do hereby proclaim Monday, July 10, 2017, as Gerry Depken Day and express the appreciation of myself and the citizens of our fine city to Gerry for her winning contributions."

During her time in Fort Oglethorpe, Depken co-authored a book about the city's historic military post and dedicated a lot of her time to city in a volunteer effort.

"She's going to be missed," Gray said.

While city officials are sad to see Depken go, there was also excitement regarding the hiring of Rick Quarles as the new building and planning-zoning director.

"We are very excited to welcome Rick Quarles to our team," said City Manager Jennifer Payne-Simpkins. "He has extensive certifications and over 13 years experience as a building inspector in Catoosa County. In addition to being in charge of building inspection, Rick will also oversee our storm-water management program, GIS businesses licensing, solid waste contract internal building maintenance."

I appreciate the opportunity," Quarles said. "Thank you all."