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|Anita Carlton Honored by Peers and Friends
|It sounded like a roast at times, but many current and former, Galesburg and area officials, all had two words for City Clerk Anita Carlton Friday -- thank you.
A reception was held in Carlton's honor at City Hall Friday afternoon. Carlton is retiring after 33 years in city government, most of those as clerk.
A number of people spoke and presented Carlton with gifts during a special ceremony -- and many of them kidded her, like former Public Works Director Lyman Jensen, and former Police Chief John Schlaf.
"I remember the many times we had in Chicago at the Illinois Municipal League meetings, Jensen said, "and how Anita would disappear with all of the other City Clerks. Those clerks know how to party."
"You know the part (earlier in the ceremony) where you said you would go on these trips and you would rarely make your way there? I went on some of those trips, and the problem we had was, we rarely found our way back." Schlaf said.
Carlton was presented with a number of awards, including a mayoral proclamation and a key to the city. Those speaking praised Carlton for her work, her community involvement, and for being a mentor.
Carlton says she's humbled by it all.
Carlton's top deputy, Kelli Bennewitz, is running so far unopposed to replace Carlton in April's election.
(City Clerk Anita Carlton is embraced by State Rep. Don Moffitt. Moffitt presented Carlton with an Illinois House commendation.)
(Carlton receives a key to the city from Mayor Gary Smith.)
(A packed Galesburg City Hall council chambers gives Carlton a standing ovation Friday. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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