California employee May Lee has been honored by Governor Gavin Newsom for her work as a state employee since 1943. Ms. Lee is 98 years old and is the longest serving employee of the Golden State.
For most people, work is a necessary burden. But for one 98-year-old California woman; it’s a pleasure. Now, her longevity as a state employee has earned her the distinction of state treasure.
Ms. May Lee works for the state as a audit officer and over the years has identified more than 53 million dollars of accounting errors. Co-workers talk of her amazing ability to remember details that no one else can. “We call her our four-foot historian… our historical department,” said her co-worker Carol Weathers.
“She can go and she can recollect which assembly bills something was created on, so we’ll go back and do our research and check that bill. She’ll remember the author, and…,” said her co-worker Sheryl Raney, as reported by CBS Sacramento.
When asked about her secrets pertaining to her longevity at work, Lee said her philosophy is to have a positive attitude, strive to mentor others, and eat lots of vegetables.
As for retiring, don’t count on it anytime soon. When asked by the governor if she plains to retire anytime soon.
It’s a skill Governor Gavin Newsom was eager to keep on board. He asked Lee is she planned on retiring any time soon Wednesday. “No! I’m going to work as long as I can,” Lee replied.