By Lonnie Huhman,
Nancy Hedberg got a fitting send off on May 17 as Scio Township and others honored her as she heads into retirement.
A party/celebration was held at township hall that day and it included Hedberg being honored by township officials, staff, friends and family, as well as by special guests, including State Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, who honored Hedberg with a tribute plaque, thanking her for her service.
“Nancy Hedberg has devoted her time, energy and talents to the Township of Scio for more than 30 years,” read the tribute resolution the other members of the Scio Township Board dedicated to her.
Another special tribute from Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson read, “Nancy is known to be a problem-solver, teacher, mentor, resource and an occasional referee, in other words, “the perfect clerk.”
Hedberg announced last month she was retiring from her role as clerk after 11 years. It was also announced last month that she was recognized as “Township Clerk of the Year” for the state of Michigan by the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks.
She began serving the township in some capacity back in 1987.
“While everyone knows Nancy as the Township Clerk, I suspect few know that she has been involved in Township activities since 1987, 32 years!” township supervisor Jack Knowles said in the township’s spring newsletter.
“Initially hired as a design consultant by the DDA, she worked on a number of DDA projects, including the Jackson Boulevard project (no it hasn’t always been a 4 lane divided road). In 1987 she was appointed to the Planning Commission, and spent 14 years on that body, helping to insure that land development in the Township was accomplished in the best way possible. From 1998 to 2008 she also served on the Board of Review, and finally in the 2008 election, she started her career as Clerk, being re-elected in 2012 and 2016,” Knowles said.
In trying to capture the best of Hedberg, Knowles included in the newsletter various quotes from those who worked with her on a daily basis.
Here is one:
“INTEGRITY: The quality of being honest and having strong moral character; moral uprightness! First impressions are lasting impressions, with that being said my first impression of Nancy Hedberg was and remains a person of integrity. Nothing in the past year changed my first impression. I wish Nancy good fortunes in retirement,” said Jon Ichesco, Scio Township Director of Fire Services