By Vinde Wells
Hugs and heartfelt thank yous marked the end of an era at Monday evening’s Polo City Council meeting.
After 24 years in her post, City Clerk Susie Corbitt called the roll and took the minutes for the last time.
Just before adjourning, the council took time to show their appreciation to Corbitt, who is retiring at the end of this month.
Mayor Doug Knapp thanked Corbitt and read a proclamation honoring her for her service and listing her accomplishments and honors over the two and a half decades she has served in her post.
With the help of Deputy Clerk Sue Waszak, the council presented Corbitt with a plaque and a clock.
“Thank you very much — it has been a pleasure,” Corbitt told the council. “I have loved doing this job for the last 24 years.”
An open house for Corbitt will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Dad’s Bar & Grill in downtown Polo. The community is invited to attend.
Corbitt started as Polo City Clerk in 1993, and served during the terms of five mayors, including Bud Davis, Butch Hunt, Jeff VanOosten, Mark Scholl, and Knapp.
She took the necessary schooling through the Municipal Clerks of Illinois (MCI) to earn her Master Municipal Clerk Certification in 2005.
Corbitt served as president of the MCI in 2008-09, and during that year she played a major role in organizing and leading the 63rd annual International Institute of Municipal Clerk’s Conference, hosted by the MCI and held in Chicago.
MCI chose Corbitt as Municipal Clerk of the Year in 2003, the same year she was selected as Polo’s Citizen of the Year.
Corbitt was chosen by the Northwest Illinois Municipal Clerks Association to receive the first ever Rosemary Coughlin Clerk of the Year Award in 2010.
Sydney Bartelt, who ran unopposed for city clerk April 4 election, will take over the post in May.
Corbitt ran for mayor against Knapp in the election and was narrowly defeated.