The familiar and friendly face greeting citizens at City Hall will soon hang up her hat after serving as St.Ansgar’s Deputy City Clerk for 31 years.
Donna Rachut has dutifully served the community and kept the wheels of the local government spinning since she started in 1987, when city offices were located in the Nissen Library basement before the addition of the present City Hall building.
“We were in the basement for a few years, and all the filing was done on cards, as the computers wouldn’t come until around five years later to make it much easier,” Rachut said.
As Deputy Clerk, Rachut is responsible for much of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the work at City Hall; billing utilities and managing accounts payable, handling transactions for the city, library, pool, golf course, and other city departments, and perhaps most importantly, being on the ‘front lines’ answering calls and assisting citizens at the City Hall front desk.
As with any job, her duties have changed slightly with the times, but what hasn’t changed is her love for interacting daily with the public and her fellow city employees, what she calls her favorite aspect of the job and what she says she will miss most.
Since 1987, Rachut has seen seven mayors and numerous city council members and city employees come and go, and, in her words, “[she doesn’t] have a bad word to say about anybody, I’ve gotten along with everyone.”
Donna’s longtime passion for serving the community is something she shares with her husband Jerry, who recently retired from the St. Ansgar Fire Department after 43 years (17 as Chief) and from his day job at BK Feeds.
She says she’s happy to join him in retirement later this year to spend more time together and with their three grandkids, (twins in high school and a one year old) and says that, while she was initially worried she’ll have to find a hobby to fill up her time, her’s and Jerry’s ‘Grandma and Grandpa’ duties will certainly keep them busy.
While no person can come close to replacing Donna and the wealth of knowledge and experience she’s gained after 31 years on the job, the torch must be passed; and the City is accepting applications for the Deputy Clerk/Deputy Treasurer position for when her retirement becomes effective this August.
Candidates should apply by March 1, 2018 to be considered for the position.