It was the end of an era of public service for Becky Dolby who officially retired as Eldon’s City Clerk last week.
The Eldon Board of Alderman made it official when it appointed Frances Suttmoller to fill the vacancy effective Nov. 13. Dolby is taking the balance of her vacation and personal days to complete her tenure, which ends Nov. 30.
Dolby worked her way up from accounts payable clerk when she started with the city in 1996. She was appointed deputy city clerk two years later and assumed the city clerk and human resources duties in 2001.
Raised in South St. Louis County area, Dolby moved to Eldon in 1983 with her husband who has family in the area.
Dolby has earned two significant professional designations including Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks; and as a Missouri Professional City Clerk (MPCC) through the Missouri City Clerks and Financial Officers Association.
She has been active in the organizations, which she says is a close group that helps members with the intricacies of working for a government entity.
Among the changes she has seen over the 16 years are a major expansion of the airport, progress in attracting retail and industrial businesses, the use of Community Development Black Grants for housing rehab and demolition, park, playground and aquatic center improvements and various street improvements.
She now plans to focus on family health issues and eventually travel, and will continue to work on the city’s web page.
Suttmoller has been employed by the City of Eldon since 2007. She has worked as the clerk for the utility building, airport, cemetery and in business licensing.
Before that she was self-employed as a mortgage loan officer/processor.