During her 25 years with the city of Southlake, former city secretary Sandra Lee LeGrand had a reputation as an ambassador for the Northeast Tarrant County community.
LeGrand, who worked as the city’s secretary from 1978 to 2003, died on Jan. 25 after battling pancreatic cancer.
“She was an all around good person,” Southlake police officer Jeff Paul said. “I just remember her caring attitude. She deeply cared about her job. She was well thought of amongst the employees and she’s just a quality employee.”
During her tenure with the city, LeGrand worked with six mayors, 44 city council members and attended approximately 780 council meetings.
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Paul joined the city in 1983 and said back then the staff was smaller and close-knit.
“It was more of a family atmosphere,” he said. “Her and her husband attended my wedding.”
Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, who served as the city’s mayor from 1989 to 1996, recalled LeGrand as he read from handwritten notes on yellow legal paper at the latest Southlake City Council meeting.
“She was basically the face of Southlake for all those years,” he said. “When you walked in she was like the Chamber of Commerce, the welcome wagon, the school and church expert.
“She could tell you everything you needed to know about being a citizen of Southlake.”
Her pastimes include sewing, quilting, camping and being with her family, according to her obituary.
“Sandra LeGrand provided dedicated service to the city of Southlake for 25 years,” City Manager Shana Yelverton said in a statement. “I was very sorry to hear of her struggle with cancer, but I was confident that she handled the situation with her typical positive attitude.”
Pamela Muller, deputy mayor pro tem, shared fond memories of LeGrand and said she recalls the impact LeGrand had on her when she first came to Southlake in the early 1980s.
“Her warm smile made you feel at home as soon as you moved into the city,” she said.
LeGrand is survived by her husband, children and grandchildren.