By DANIEL HERATY
HEIGHTS – City Clerk Judy Dudzinski tops a list of 14 elected and administrative officials who have decided to retire.
“It was definitely not an easy decision,” she said, declining to give a specific reason.
Dudzinski, Deputy Clerk Donna Pawlukiewicz and City Council secretary Maria Lawrence all are leaving March 31.
Other departure dates are scattered throughout the year for the 14 employees, who include union and nonunion personnel in the Department of Public Works, Building Department, Fire Department and the City Assessor’s Office.
Mayor Daniel Paletko declined comment through a spokesman, but Human Resource Director Elisabeth Sabota-Perry said all qualified for an early-out program offered in the city’s most recent agreement with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and extended to include nonunion workers.
“Hopefully it’s a happy departure for employees,” she said. “I wish them well and hope they have many healthy, happy years as retirees.”
Coucilwoman Janet Badalow said the employees’ exit stemmed from a number of issues that have accumulated over the years.
“She’s just disgusted with the whole thing,” Badalow said of Dudzinski. “She has to do what’s best for her.”