Our county officials

It is now December after the November elections.  Senior officials have retired and new officials have been elected. 

There are three elected county officials who will no longer be in their offices or attending board  meetings as a job requirement after this month. County Clerk Dana Smith and County Treasurer Gloria Wills have retired. Former County Board Chairman Dave Newburg chose not to run for office again.

All three brought integrity and faithfulness to their respective offices. The public didn’t hear too much about Dana and Gloria over the years, which is a good thing.

When things go wrong, the public hears about it and negativity is everywhere, these ladies did their jobs  as true public servants. They never sought personal recognition. However, if you worked in county government or were an observer you knew they simply got the job done. DeWitt County was well served by these two ladies. The next time you see them, give them a thank-you. They deserve it. Thankyou Dana and Gloria. Enjoy your retirement.

Kari Harris has worked in the County Clerk’s office for several years and assumed her newly elected office as County Clerk on December 1. Her experience will be helpful and I am sure she will do a very professional job.

Jade Russell assumed her new duties as County Treasurer on December 1. Jade has never been involved in County government before and this will be a new experience for her. To her credit, she has spent much of the last several weeks job shadowing Gloria and learning this new job. From what I have heard, she is a quick learner. DeWitt County should be well served by these two  able young people as we change the guard.

David Newburg held the hot seat of county government—County Board Chairman. The chairman soon realizes that there are many in the County who have widely differing opinions on what government should be doing.

• See the complete column in the Friday, Dec. 9 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.

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