In today’s mobile society, we often change jobs – not to mention careers – as frequently as we buy new cars – or television sets. Add the recession to that mix, with many of our colleagues in the legal field losing jobs they had hoped to retire from, and that makes legal secretary MaryAnn Wippermann’s employment at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office from 1969 until her retirement last week even more notable.

She was still a teenager, only 18 years old, when she started working for the AG’s Office, and served six attorneys general during that period. Five of them honored her with framed letters at her retirement party.

Her dad gave her career advice that she clearly took to heart: he hoped to see his children stay at their first job for at least five years.

Attorney General Chris Koster praised Wippermann’s service and body of knowledge – and marveled at the many changes she has seen during her long career:

MaryAnn is a living library of the Attorney General’s Office. It’s amazing to think of all the technological changes she has seen in the workplace. She is an outstanding public servant, and we’ll all miss her very much.

Wippermann is actually “pseudo-retiring” – she plans to continue working for the AG’s Office two days a week.

Practical Paralegalism congratulates MaryAnn for her long and successful – and ongoing – career in the legal field.

Sources: KRCG;; Missouri Attorney General

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