Whitley County Clerk retires after nearly 45 years of service
Former Whitley County Clerk Kay Schwartz resigned suddenly on Saturday due to announced changes from the state in effect on January 1st.
"Those changes have been talked about for several years by the state. So, you know you keep contemplating 'it'll be next year, it'll be next year, it'll be next year.' Well, it's coming in January," said Schwartz. "I'm just through training. I don't want to put anything else in my brain. And, I think if I'm not will to learn my job and to learn the new things that are coming, that I shouldn't get paid."
Schwartz began working in the clerk's office in 1975. She then took office herself as the Whitley County Clerk in 2007.
The retirement is bittersweet after serving the people of Whitley County for nearly 45 years. It will be a change.
"The people of Whitley County are friendly. They're nice people, kind people. 'Hi, how are you? It's a good day. God bless you.' We're all like family, you hardly see a stranger. That's going to be missed," said Schwartz.
Carolyn Willis, who has worked in the office with Schwartz for 26 years, was appointed on Saturday.
"I feel honored. I feel blessed. I never thought this day would come for me but I'm very excited," said Willis.
Willis added that they will miss having Schwartz in the office and that she is leaving big shoes left to fill.
Schwartz will remain working in the office to fulfill her duties through the rest of the month.