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Longtime county employee still loves job


For almost a half of a century, one local woman has been serving the judges of Pecos County.

Pam Harris is an administrative assistant to the judge, which is where she started her county career back in 1972.

She took a detour, and for 22 years she worked for the Justice of the Peace, but came back to work for the judge.

In her position now she helps set the commissioners agenda and helps the commissioners with what they need in order to get their items seen.

“I've always loved all the commissioners,” said Harris. “You have to make a bond with them and like the people you work with.”

Harris who graduated from Van Horn High School, moved to Pecos County with her parents to live on their ranch in 1964.

While on the ranch, Harris learned to speak Spanish fluently, which has helped her in her job and in life, she said.

She loved the ranch lifestyle, but is happy to work for the county.

“I just try to help everyone when they come in,” she said. “I like to help people.”

She has had seven bosses overall during her time with the county, each one being unique.

“It's going to be hard when I retire,” she said.

While she doesn't have a date yet, she is not looking forward to the day.

“It's going to be devastating,” she said. “That's what I get up every morning for.”

She has enjoyed her job for so long because everyday is something new, she said.

“I wouldn't trade it for anything,” said Harris.


She loves yard work, animals and plants.

“I love to be outside,” said Harris. “If I could rescue everything I would.”

She and her husband love to stay home with their animals and spend time together working in the yard.

She likes to visit with her friends and eat at any of the restaurants in town.

She said she is kind of a homebody, and would prefer to stay local.

“I just love the town and love the county,” said Harris.

She remembered a party that her coworkers threw for her at Alfredo's which meant a lot to her that they wanted to celebrate her birthday.

“All I did was cry because it made me so happy,” she said. “It was awesome.”


Harris is also married to Pecos County Sheriff Cliff Harris, who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this month.

“We've supported each other,” she said. “It's been great, he's my rock.”

The couple have one son, daughter in law and grandson.

“I don't know what I would do without my husband and my family,” said Harris.

Her key to a long marriage is to be kind to one another.

“It's just natural with him,” she said. “He's a very good person.”

On her favorite memory? She couldn't pick one.

“Everyday is a favorite memory with Cliff,” said Harris.