Park honored for 20 years of service

Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:33 AM.

WAUSAU — Thursday’s Town Council meeting in Wausau was bittersweet with the council bidding farewell to longtime clerk Margaret Riley and honoring council member Charles Park Sr. for more than 20 years of service.

Riley announced her plans to retire during the June 13 council meeting after 17 years of service as city clerk.

“I appreciate every one of you, and I am going to miss you all,” Riley said to the council.

In August, the council hired JoAnn Hayes to take Riley’s place as city clerk, but Riley stayed on to train her replacement and to help guide the city through the budgeting process, which was completed Thursday night with the council’s adoption of the 2013-14 budget.

Former mayor Roger Hagan was on hand to present Riley with her plaque. “I really appreciate you all letting me be a part of this presentation,” Hagan said. “I can’t tell you how hard Margaret has worked for the city of Wausau over the years.”

Also at Thursday’s meeting was Tom Conley of the Florida League of Cities, who was there to present a certificate of appreciation from the state to council member Charles Park Sr. for his 20-plus years of service to the city of Wausau.

Parks was presented with a framed copy of a resolution of the Florida League of Cities Board of Directors recognizing his 20 years of elected service and commending him for his “unselfish commitment to municipal leadership and governance.”

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