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First Female Traffic Ticketeer For Adair

Remember the Meter Maid? Remember parking meters? Cyrus discovered this story from the distant past by Linda Waggener which will evoke memories--pleasant and otherwise--of the days when parking meters were the major--and sometimes the only--issue in Columbia City government
Doris Bailey likes her job
By Linda Waggener

If you have to get a traffic ticket, you might as well get it from a pretty lady. And that's what Adair Countians are getting now that the police force has added Doris Bailey to the staff as a Meter Maid.

The first woman in history to take on the job in Adair County, Doris spends five days a week walking over Columbia's parking spaces to make sure that the meters are paid.

She is a native Adair Countian and is the daughter of George Ray and Lenora Bailey.

She has lived in Tennessee where she did hospital work for four years but wanted to return to her home.

"I like Columbia best," Doris says. "I think living conditions need improving here, but home is best."

Doris works at the direction of Chief Murrie Knifley, and with Officer Tim Hardwick and Officer Donald Cravens.

She enjoys the activity that her job includes and says she enjoys meeting people and hopes to make a lot of new friends in her work.

"I want to do a good job," Doris said. "I mean to make no difference between people. I will be fair with everyone."

Doris covers the parking spaces on the square in Columbia, in Wethington parking lot, the Dr. Pepper parking lot, City Parking lot and Campbellsville Road parking lot, and says, "I could cover more, I think."

"I have plenty of time to cover the places I'm doing now. Wherever there's a meter, I'm there.

This article by Linda Waggener also appeared in the September 11, 1974 issue of the Green River Sprite.

Submitted by
Central Ohio Bureau Chief
From his research library between Adair County and the North Pole

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