A retirement reception was held for Cullman County Economic Development Director Cherrie Haney, center, on Wednesday. With Haney are CCED Project Coordinators Tanya Sears (left) and Ashley Graves (right). (Heather Mann for The Cullman Tribune)
CULLMAN – Beloved Cullman County employee Cherrie Haney is set to retire on Friday, after almost 29 years of community-minded service. Haney, with Cullman County Economic Development (CCED) since 2005 and director of the agency since 2013, has spearheaded numerous community grant projects. She spent her first 15 years of her career with the County working at the Cullman County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Haney said the favorite part of her work with CCED is seeing projects come to fruition and then seeing how the community enjoys those projects, like storm shelters, splash pads or new gear for volunteer fire departments. CCED is also involved with the Cullman County People Against a Littered State (PALS), the Farm-City Committee and Cullman Area Workforce Solutions (CAWS). "All of these help our community to be the best it can be," she said.
Haney is president of the local chapter of PALS. In November, she was recognized at the state level at the Alabama PALS Governor’s Awards program, when she received the Don Hines Memorial Award for her leadership of the program in Cullman County.
In October, Haney was honored at the opening of the new Carpenter's Cabinet food pantry in Colony when it was announced that the Cherrie Haney Community Development and Enhancement Award had been created in honor of Haney and her efforts on behalf of the town.
Look for a feature interview with Haney in The Cullman Tribune's Christmas Eve edition.
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