Carbondale, Illinois -- Long-time Carbondale City Clerk Janet Vaught has announced her retirement effective February 18, 2011.
Vaught, 58, who has worked for the City of Carbondale since 1976 and has been City Clerk since 1979, announced her retirement to the City Council in a closed City Council meeting on July 20th. She also announced that her husband, Chuck, 60, who has worked in the City’s Finance Department since 1975, will also retire from the City on February 18th.
“Chuck and I met when I went to work for the City in 1976 and a year later got married,” Mrs. Vaught said. “He was ready to retire and I just couldn’t imagine working in City Hall without him. We both want to travel and I have promised him that I will take up golf so we can play together. Most importantly, we want to spend more time with our grandsons.” Said Mr. Vaught, “Our family and friends will tell you that we’ve been thinking about this for a long time. There are things we want to do and not enough time to do them. We finally decided the time was right.”
In response to City Clerk Vaught’s announcement, Mayor Brad Cole said, “Janet has been one of the people at City Hall that you could always go to for an answer about why or when something happened. She is a true professional and the Council will miss her.”
The City Clerk is appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council. Plans for replacing Vaught have not been announced.