By Naomi Hatch
Taylor Town Clerk Kelly Jones retired April 30 after 28 years of service to the community.
Jones began working for Taylor in 1974 at the front desk, where she worked for approximately eight years. In 1995 Helen Capps retired as town clerk and Jones moved into that position.
She has worked with six town managers over those years, including A.J. Freeman, Leon Palmer, Kathy Miller, Steve Sturgell, Eric Duthie and present Town Manager Gus Lundberg. For several months between Miller and Sturgell, Ron Solomon was interim town manager.
“Overall it was just a really good experience working with staff and the councils,” said Jones.
“I worked with a lot of different councils, and have been able to see how city government is run and the issues they are up against.
“I had a lot of opportunities to be a public servant to the citizens of the town and met a lot of good people that way,” she noted.
“Another thing that’s been very good is getting the clerk certification, meeting clerks throughout the state and seeing how the different cities are run.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to work for the Town of Taylor and the people I’ve met,” Jones concluded. “It’s been a really good experience and a blessing in my life, and something that I’ll always cherish.”
An open house was held April 29 in Jones’ honor, with many past council members and citizens attending to pay tribute to her.
Mayor Fay Hatch presented Jones with a rocking chair for her years of service.
For the past three weeks Jones has been working with Geri Judd, who took over the reins May 1. Judd worked 12 years for the City of Show Low as senior account clerk.
“I have big shoes to fill,” said Judd.
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By Naomi Hatch