Losing the Best…

The residents are losing one of the Best…

The Clerk decision to leave was a heart breaking gut wrenching one. A decision she agonized over for the better part of a year.  For those of us who are her friends we know the reason for her resignation. Those of us who know, know. She did say a little at the council meeting after being attacked by councilman Berry for leaving. She did say that she was leaving for health reasons. The Clerk is a cancer survivor and she said the back and forth, the fighting in city hall, “I can not stay here anymore. Councilman Berry was upset that she did not write a letter to the council and ask for permission to do this. The clerk does not answer to the council she is an elected official. Comparing the Chief of police to the clerk is like comparing apples and oranges. The chief answers to the mayor and the council. The clerk does not she does not need to come before the council and get permission from them to do anything.  He went on to say that having an elected official able to participate in early outs was not a good thing.  He went on to say that none of this is final even after the Clerk tried to say yes it is I paid already he said “no.” It took Councilwoman Badalow to explain that yes she has paid and it has been accepted by the pension board along with 14 other people. Two of the 14 are from the clerks office, not including the clerk herself. He was talking about not being notified. As the clerk said “Councilman Berry this was discussed in a meeting” she went on to say maybe you just do not pay attention. The early outs were extended to non union workers according to the AFSCME contract.

Many people whose positions are being eliminated by the Mayor are taking the early out option. If you wanted to take an early out you had to have your paper work in by January 31 2011.  Councilman Berry could you not find one fragment of decency and let her leave with some dignity. She has served this city with respect, the least that can be done for her is to show her the same. What was gained by raking her across the hot coals. Something that was decided on and agreed on was brought before the council just to embarrass her. It is a shame that the Clerk will be leaving the city on a sour note. I hope the next time someone wants to leave the city they will be afforded a little more respect when they do so.

Now on a personal note, I would like to say I consider you one of my very good friends.  She is as honest as the day is long. No matter what some tried to accuse her of. She always has a smile on her face and treats everyone at her counter with the utmost respect. It is my honor to call her my friend and her leaving the city is a great loss for us all. Her sense of humor is one of legend if you have not had the opportunity to experience it you are missing out.  I will miss her so much at city hall and I am pissed like hell that she is leaving. Not pissed at her, but pissed that she felt the need to. I am just one of many that love Judy I hope she will know how many love her how many respect her and how many are going to miss her.

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7 thoughts on “Losing the Best…”

  1. My dear Judy ,I have been coming to City Hall for 20 years and in that time I have had the best laughs and great conversation. I will miss you terribly and so will Dagmar. I want to thank you for being so kind and helpful to me. It breaks my heart to see you go. You have done a marvelous job ,I applaud you. No explanations necessary.

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  2. our city has lost a great person, and awesome clerk.
    very cordial, and professional. sincere.
    i guess when your not in lock step with danny boy, he’ll find
    a way to make your life hell.
    wish this could have ended better.
    shame on councilman berry for his unprofessional, outburst.
    you dont belong on the city council, sir. you are tactless, insensitive, mean person. you dont deserve to be on the council.
    would you treat your wife or mother that way?

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  3. Raven

    The council will appoint someone and if they want to keep the job will have to run for it in the next election. That will be held in November of this year. There are three (3) seats opening up on the council this year. The city has a school board election in May so I hope each and everyone of you is going to come out and vote.

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  4. WELL THERE GO;’S ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKING PEOPLE IN THE CITY NOW WHO FILLS HER POSITION DO WE NEED TO HAVE A SDPECIAL ELECTION OR DO WE HAVE TO PUT UP WITH A APPOINTMENT FROM DANNY BOY AND WE WHO KNOW NOW ARE SAD BUT HEY YOU THE PEOPLE WHO THINK YOU KNOW IT ALL MAYBE YOU SHOULD SPEND SOME TIME IN THE BACK ALLEYS OF CITY HALL OR IN THE BASEMENT OF CITY HALL WANT TO TALK ABOUT HEALTH DANGERS ?

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  5. This is from Dagmar To Judy
    My Aunt Judy is the best. She served the city well, kept her gorgeous dignified self above all that crazy stuff and kept peace in the city hall. Kisses to you, Auntie! I love you!

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  6. Our clerk has been superb. She is a most wonderful person, as well as peacekeeper in the front of city hall. We are going to miss her very much!

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