Borough Clerk Sherry Biggs has resigned her post citing family matters as the reason.
She let assembly member know by e-mail several days prior to the May 6 assembly meeting in Seward that she is heading to Idaho to care for her aging mother.
Deputy Clerk Johni Blankenship has assumed the role of interim clerk until Biggs' replacement is named.
Biggs went to work in February 1998 as an administrative assistant to former Borough Clerk Linda Murphy, and was named Deputy Clerk in May 1999. She became Borough Clerk in May 2005.
Before working for the clerk's office, Biggs worked for the Economic Development District as the CEO's assistant.
Her resignation was unexpected. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, for whom the clerk works directly, had approved a raise in her annual salary on April 1, based on her exemplary performance.
Assembly members wished her well.
Bill Smith, of Homer, said Biggs had set a standard for public servants that he hoped others could measure up to.
"It's not going to be an easy job," he said.
Margaret Gilman reminded Biggs that today's Internet technology would allow her to stay current.
"We'll be expecting that you'll be listening to our meetings," she joked, adding on a more serious note, "You will really be sorely missed here at the Kenai Peninsula Borough."
Assembly President Grace Merkes, of Sterling, wished Biggs good luck.
"I'm sure everything will work out fine," she said.
Ron Long, of Seward, thanked Biggs for her service and made a request.
"Sherry, go safely, travel well, do good work and think of us from time to time, I'm sure you will, and we'll be thinking of you," he said.
Long said Biggs always had a positive attitude and was a pleasure to work with.
"She will definitely be missed," he said.
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