Ashland’s town clerk is retiring, sort of.
Lois Smith, town clerk, retired from her full-time job but will stay on as clerk of council. She has worked for the town in various capacities since 1992.
Meeting July 2, Ashland Town Council thanked Smith for her years of service to the town and presented her with a resolution, but not without some goodhearted teasing.
“Lois, could you call the roll for that resolution?” Mayor Faye Prichard asked.
“Wait, does this mean you can’t retire if I vote no?” Councilman Edward “Ned” Henson III added.
Charles Hartgrove, town manager, thanked Smith for her service to the town, and for agreeing to stay on as clerk of council.
“I don’t think that three words can better summarize you as a person than dedicated, graceful and dignified,” he said. “Thank you for all you’ve done for all of us.”
In prepared remarks, a humble Smith thanked those gathered at Town Hall in her honor.
“If you know anything about me, then you know that I would much better be the one arranging the party and remaining in the background while someone else is recognized,” Smith said. “So even though this sort of thing is not my cup of tea, or coffee, I thank you very much and appreciate your thoughtfulness.”
Smith also recognized those in Town Hall who helped make her time there what it was. She thanked Hartgrove returning her to town hall on a part-time basis in 2003, when she was hired to fill in for an employee undergoing surgery.
She also thanked Town Council for continuing to appoint her clerk.
“I believe I’ve had the good fortune of working with the best council in the universe, especially when I meet with my clerk friends and hear their woes,” Smith said.
She further thanked all her fellow employees for “putting up with me day in and day out.”
“Working with the town has been a great experience and I have made many friends and met so many people whom I would never have had the opportunity to have met if I had not worked here,” Smith said.
Smith ended by thanking her family for bearing with her busy meeting schedule before being presented with gifts from her coworkers.