Hall Leaves Douglas County Clerk’s Office 6/27/16 06/27/16 10:11:57 AM
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Hall Leaves Douglas County Clerk’s Office
Amid Thanks for 28 Years of Service
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
Veteran member of the Douglas County Clerk/Comptroller’s office Kathleen Hall will retire tomorrow, June 28. First hired on June 20, 1988, Hall assumed the role of chief deputy on July 19, 1988.
The chief deputy clerk has been the go-to person in the office for many years, serving as longtime Douglas County Clerk Tom Cavanaugh’s right hand right up to his death in October 2015.
Current County Clerk Dan Esch, who has worked with Hall for 10 years, said, “It will be sad to see her go. She has knowledge of everything here. My day-to-day interaction with her has shown me she is not only interested in her job but in the people she works with. She’s a very caring person.
“Kathleen has made my transition [into the role of Douglas County Clerk] very easy. She said I can call her anytime for help,” he said. “She might regret that offer,” he laughed.
While Esch said he’s confident in her successor, Shari Larsen, no one can replace Kathleen “who’s been like a second mom to me. In fact, she is my mom here.
“Right now it’s a little surreal that it’s really going to happen. We wish her the best as she pursues her writing and travels,” Esch said.
Hall said she is looking forward to taking her nine-year-old grandson to Washington, D.C., later this week. “The first two things on the agenda are the White House and the Air and Space Museum.”
She’ll have to finish up her packing before then. “I’m all about books and artwork, so I have a lot to do still.”
As for future plans, she will pursue her writing. “I’d like to take about six months to think about what I want to write next. And my sister and I have talked about writing a children’s book series. She’s already started some artwork.”
But that’s not all. Hall plans to take an extended trip to Oregon this fall to see her two daughters. Then she said, “I may get certified to teach English as a second language, or to teach reading. I think it is such a disadvantage to not be able to read.”
As for her 28 years in the Clerk’s office, she says, “I’ve had a lot of blessings. I’ve enjoyed it here. Learned something new every day. And hopefully helped at least one person every day. I’ll miss that.”
She said it was quite a gift to work with Tom Cavanaugh. “But I won’t miss those [Douglas County] board meetings! Tom used to ask us after every meeting, ‘What was your favorite quote today?’ There were so many funny ones,” she laughed.
On a more serious note, Esch emphasized that, “along with our former leader Tom Cavanaugh, Kathleen Hall helped establish a culture of public service and open government in the County Clerk’s office. We are here to serve the public, and to provide them the records that belong to them. That wasn’t just lip service from Kathleen, she always ‘walked the talk.’”
All those who want to wish her well are invited to the Clerk’s office after the board meeting for some food and reminiscing.
Kathleen Hall with longtime boss and friend, the late Douglas County Clerk Tom Cavanaugh.