WAXAHACHIE — Family, friends, co-workers and public officials gathered in the second-floor courtroom of the Historic Ellis County Courthouse to thank county auditor Mike Navarro for his years of service on Tuesday afternoon.

Navarro has served with the county since 1993 and is retiring to become an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel. His last day with the county is Aug. 31.

“I have been in this county for nearly 29 years and Mike has always been a part of it. He somebody that really enjoys what he does,” Ellis County Judge Carol Bush said. “Thank you for all of your commitment, for your efforts and for your professional guidance throughout the years. You’re a contributor to where we are today. You have left an impression on this county.”

According to the county’s website, Navarro graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 1993 with a Bachelor's of Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting.

Navarro was hired by former auditor Yvonne Odom as an assistant auditor and started work June 7, 1993. He obtained his license as a certified public accountant in October of 1995. Navarro was appointed as the auditor on Jan. 1, 1999.

As auditor Navarro’s primary responsibility is to oversee the financial record keeping for the county and to make sure that all expenditures comply with the budget. He also conducted reviews of all county financial operations.

Navarro told the crowd gathered in the courtroom that it had been an honor to serve the community.

“I do want to say thank you to each and every one of you. We haven’t always agreed on all the issues. But the one thing is that we can have a disagreement then come back the very next day and go to lunch together and work things out,” Navarro said. “So I really appreciate that and that is a testament to how everyone does business.”

Navarro also thanked the people of Ellis County who have provided him with this opportunity to serve the community.

“I am going to miss the people, miss the community and this building. It has been my privilege and my honor to serve in this position,” Navarro remarked. “I am thankful to all of the citizens of Ellis County for letting me occupy that.”

Navarro graduated from Texas A&M School of Law earlier this year. He starts his new position with the IRS on Sept. 5.

“I have been going to law school for the last four years and I have been looking at making a career change,” Navarro explained. “I am excited to get that opportunity. I was happy to be chosen and selected to fill that need.”