• Fredericksburg City Secretary Shelley Britton will officially retire after 33 years of service to the city. Britton stands in Marktplatz, one of her favorite projects she helped see through from the ground up. — Standard-Radio Post/Erika Vela

Britton retires from city after 33 years

Shelley Britton has held two positions with the City of Fredericksburg since 1985, but over the years has worn many hats.  

Britton will soon be retiring after completing 33 years of service to the city.

In her years of service, Britton says working with the people of the community is what she has most enjoyed.

“The most rewarding part, I have found, has been the relationships I have built with people,” Britton said. “People knew that they could call and I would listen. I tried my best to help them through the process.”


City work

Britton, a California native, moved to Fredericksburg with her family in 1980.

She began working for the city in May 1985 as city clerk.

Britton did not have any experience in city government when she began, but learned from people such as past City Attorneys Jay Weinheimer and Pat McGowan, to name a few.

In May 1991, Britton officially became the city secretary after the city went from a general law to a home-rule city. It changed the form of government and thus, Britton moved along with it.

Britton has worked under Mayors Boyd Harper, Linda Langerhans, Tim Crenwelge, Tom Musselman, Jeryl Hoover and a number of council members over the years.

Working in any capacity of city government can have challenging experiences with many changes, and Britton faced them all.

 “For me, the most challenging part of it is probably all of the state law requirements that we fall under elections. That is because of the many laws and their processes are very particular,” Britton said.

Britton has earned the respect and admiration of many people in the community she has worked with in the city throughout her career.

“Shelley has been a huge asset for the city, in her role as city secretary,” Mayor Linda Langerhans said. “She is going to be missed by all of us. She will also be missed by many of the people in our community who have worked with her. I think she’s amazing.”


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