County clerk to retire in November

BRIAN WOESSNER

By SAMANTHA PIDDE

After 14 years as Carroll County Clerk and Recorder, Brian Woessner will be retiring from his elected position in late November, following the 2020 General Election.

"I love the job, actually more than I ever thought," Woessner told the Mirror-Democrat/Times-Journal.

During the Thursday, Sept. 3, Carroll County Board meeting held via Zoom teleconference, Chairman Kevin Reibel addressed a letter he received from Woessner dated Sept. 1.

The letter informed the board of Woessner's intent to retire and resign from his position, effective at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30. He told the board the date will allow to "put to bed" the election before he leaves office.

During the meeting, Woessner jokingly assured board members that the Covid-19 pandemic "certainly hasn't run me off," though he acknowledged that planning the election during the pandemic has been interesting.

Instead, Woessner, 67, of Mount Carroll, said he and his wife have been discussing and planning retirement for some time, noting his wife Cynthia is semi-retired.

"The time has come," Woessner told the board.

Woessner, a Republican, has two years remaining on his four-year term. According to his letter to the board, the Sept. 1 notification satisfies the rules required to fill the vacancy by the County Board chairman — with the board's consent — instead of requiring a special election.

The board will formally accept Woessner's resignation at its next regular meeting via resolution. The resolution also states the vacancy will be filled via appointment by Chairman Reibel within 60 days of the resolution's passing.

Woessner said he has enjoyed working for the county and with the various board members, elected officials and employees, calling it a "pleasant experience."

"I have much respect for the past and present board members that I have served under the past 14 years and extend my thank you to them for their efforts," Woessner said in his resignation letter.

He expanded on this statement during the meeting, saying, "I'm sure Carroll County will do great things yet and so will our department."

Board member Ron Preston thanked Woessner for his years of service. Chairman Reibel said as a recent "retiree" himself, he hopes Woessner enjoys his retirement.