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|City Clerk Anita Carlton Retires
|For reporters, and likely for Galesburg aldermen and others as well, two Monday nights a month spent in Galesburg City Hall's council chambers likely won't be the same.
Other city employees are likely saying the same thing about City Clerk Anita Carlton. A reception was held Friday afternoon in Carlton's honor, marking her retirement after 33-years working for the city -- eight in the elections office, and another 25 as city clerk.
Friends, aldermen, city workers, and other city officials all gave Carlton a special good-bye, and thank you. But Carlton also thanked all of them, and says she's not going far. "I'm looking forward to doing some different things," Carlton said. "I plan on staying in the community. I plan on being involved in some things, and try to do some things that I've thought about that I just haven't had the energy to do. So, I really want to stay involved, stay involved in community projects, and just be here in the community -- the community that I love."
It might be hard to imagine something Carlton hasn't already done for the city. Her outside work has ranged from being involved in Leadeship Greater Galesburg and the C-SPAN Lincoln-Douglas Debate Re-enactments, to most recently being part of the committee that raised funds and essentially built the new veterans memorial at Lincoln Park in Galesburg.
Carlton says deputy clerk Kelli Bennewitz and staff will continue to serve the clerk's office well. Bennewitz is running uncontested to replace Carlton in April's election.
(City Clerk Anita Carlton greets well-wishers Friday during her retirement open house.)
(Carlton thanks Lyman Jensen, former Public Works Director, at a ceremony in her honor during the Open House.)
(Carlton displays a portrait of the Galesburg Township Building, given to her by Township Supervisor Chris Winick. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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