Betty Rodriguez, a ‘reassuring force’ at Town Hall, retires

Government By Linda Trischitta, Editor Wednesday, January 31, 2024

     After seven years, Beatrice “Betty” Rodriguez has retired from the Town of Miami Lakes, where she worked part-time as one of two desk clerks in Town Hall.

     Rodriguez, 73, wants to enjoy more time with her six grandchildren, who range in age from 5 to 22. 

     She and her husband live in town.

    “It’s been a nice experience,” Rodriguez said. “Every day is different, and you come prepared to serve.”

     She was stationed near the employee entrance, handling phone calls, correspondence and greeting residents. 

     “Betty has been one of the positive voices that residents hear when they first contact the town,” Town Manager Edward Pidermann said in an email. “She has been a diligent and reassuring force at the town.”

     Rodriguez said her tasks included assisting senior citizens.

     “You do work with the committees and help the attendees for the Elderly Affairs Committee’s events get on Eventbrite,” she said. 

     Rodriguez’s last day at Town Hall was Jan. 24. She joined the municipal staff after retiring from another career.

     “I worked for 30 years as a senior executive assistant, at American Express in Miami Lakes,” she said. 

     Then she brought her customer service outlook to the public sector. 

     “It’s been a pleasure and an honor to work here,” she said. 

     About her town colleagues, Rodriguez said, “There are many dedicated people here that work hard. There are not a lot of staff members, and there is a lot to do. I admire how much they accomplish.”

     Said Clarisell De Cardenas, the town’s public information officer, “She’s a lovely lady. We’re sad to see her go.”