Franklin County Highway Administrator Eva Gadcke announced Tuesday that she will retire from the county in December.

“I will miss the county,” Gadcke told the county commissioners at the meeting.

She has worked for the county about 17 1/2 years and served as highway administrator two years.

She is leaving to join her husband of 44 years in retirement.

Presiding Commissioner John Griesheimer praised Gadcke’s service as a county employee.

“You came in at a difficult time and filled that position tremendously,” Griesheimer said.

He noted that Gadcke started out as a secretary and worked her way up.

“It shows what a person you are, what (a) work ethic you have,” Griesheimer said.

He added, “The department’s come a long way.”

Gadcke said she is proud of the unity within the highway department.

A search for Gadcke’s replacement will begin, Griesheimer said.

He said County Engineer Joe Feldmann is in line to replace Gadcke. It is not certain that Feldmann will take her place, but it is a possibility, Griesheimer said.

Griesheimer said he does not even know if Feldmann wants the job.

Gadcke started as a secretary for the highway department and then was an executive secretary. After that, she became the department’s office manager and then public works administrator. She was then appointed highway administrator.