The city of Missouri City honored lifetime employee Millie Holifield for 33 years of service at its regular City Council meeting April 17.

Holifield, 71, has served in her most recent position as public utilities coordinator for 27 years. She was originally hired in 1990.

Her job as public utilities coordinator included providing lines of communication between municipal utility districts, the city and other entities in order to enact cooperative programs. The first project she worked on was a groundwater reduction mandate from Fort Bend County, she said.

Public Works Director Shashi Kumar extolled Holifield as a worker with superior dedication.

“Millie always answered above the call of duty,” Kumar said. “No matter the situation, she was always there.”

Beyond her service, Mayor Robin Elackatte commended Holifield for her character, which he described as humble.

“It’s going to be a big change,” Holifield said. “But I’m ready.”

Now retired, Holifield plans to move to Austin to be with her family. She looks forward to celebrating the birth of her grandson who will be born in early May, she said.