Urbana’s city clerk set to retire next month

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URBANA — Urbana’s veteran City Clerk Phyllis Clark said it’s time to pass the job on to someone younger.

The 76-year-old Clark plans to retire Nov. 6, about a year-and-a-half before her term is up.

“It’s just time,” she said Monday.

“I’m 76, and I think it’s time now for someone younger to come in, bring new ideas, new flavor, a new air to this place.”

This will be Clark’s second retirement.

She served six terms as city clerk from 1993 to 2017 and then retired the first time.

In 2020, she accepted an appointment to finish the rest of the term of former City Clerk Charlie Smyth and then was elected to a new four-year term in 2021.

Clark’s career has included serving as a district director for the Central Illinois Municipal Clerk’s Organization and being designated by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks as a registered, certified and master municipal clerk, city officials said in announcing Clark’s retirement plans.

She also held leadership positions in the Municipal Clerks Institute Training Committee to develop training materials for clerks across the state.

Clark said she’s enjoyed her career with the city.

“It’s been a big journey for me. I’ve loved every minute of it,” she said.

The city clerk’s job is a full-time position in Urbana with a staff of two — the clerk and deputy clerk, Clark said.

She hasn’t made specific retirement plans, but “I’m going to relax more at home,” she said.

The office of Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin will be accepting applications to replace Clark through 5 p.m. Oct. 23.

The city clerk’s job includes attending government meetings and keeping records of the proceedings, implementing city council rules and parliamentary procedure, publishing all resolutions, ordinance and notices and serving as the city election authority.

Applicants to replace Clark must be eligible to vote in municipal elections, be a resident of Urbana for at least a year before being elected or appointed and can’t be either in debt to the city or in arrears in tax payments and can’t have been convicted of malfeasance of office, bribery or other felony.

Clark’s successor will serve through the end of her current term, May 5, 2025.

Application materials are available on the city’s website or for pick up at the city clerk’s office at 400 S. Vine St., U, and at The Urbana Free Library information desk at 210 W. Green St., U.

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