Debra Murrell, longtime employee of the city of Lakeland, died Sept. 9, 2023, after a battle with cancer. Murrell was first hired by the city of Lakeland on June 29, 1998 as a utility clerk/minutes clerk and audited the MLGW and sewer accounts and established trash service for new residents. She worked her way up through the city as a development facilitator, business liaison, administrative assistant, and in code enforcement. She has also served as recorder for various Boards in the city, including the Board of Commissioners. Most recently, she served as a community development specialist, city recorder, and court clerk. Muller held an associate degree in business from Southwest Community College and is a Certified Municipal Clerk for Tennessee.