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Retired Madison County clerk celebrated for long service to public

WAMPSVILLE — After 37 years as a clerk on the Madison County Board of Supervisors, the woman people call “a walking encyclopedia,” Cindy Urtz, is retiring.

Urtz, who has served as clerk since October 1985, held her last supervisory board meeting on Tuesday, August 9. At the end of the meeting, council passed a resolution appointing Emily Burns, the current deputy clerk, as clerk. .

After graduating from Oneida High School, Urtz started at the Madison County Department of Motor Vehicles in 1976. She began working on the Board of Supervisors as a typist soon after and was trained by Celia Paone – whom she replaced as council clerk in 1985.

“With 46 years of service in Madison County, it’s no wonder people say she knows the answer to everything,” officials said.

During his tenure, Urtz worked with five presidents and 110 supervisors. She not only saw supervisors come and go, but also a lot of changes from what some consider to be one of the best window views at the Madison County resort.

She has seen many changes take place on the county building campus, including the construction of the Veterans Building from 1987 to 1989 and the renovation of the courthouse which was completed in 2019.

When asked, Urtz said one of the biggest changes she’s witnessed was in technology. When she started, typewriters and carbon paper were used – and now she’s retiring into a digital world where resolutions are now emailed and supervisors can retrieve them on their own laptops.

Over the years, Urtz has witnessed and been part of some difficult events like the train derailment in Wampsville, the tornado in Smithfield, the Labor Day storm in 1998 and, most recently, COVID-19. Over the years and through good and bad events, Urtz believes Madison County government has become more efficient in its operation.

“Cindy has not only been an asset to the Board of Supervisors, but to all of Madison County for the past 46 years,” Madison County Board Chairman John Becker said. “It’s hard to believe she won’t be with me at our board meetings anymore, or listen to anyone sitting in the chair across from her desk. She will be greatly missed and the county loses a tremendous wealth of knowledge and kindness. When they call it the walking encyclopedia, it really is, Cindy knows everything, or at least how to find the answers. We wish him the best for his retirement.

“Thank you to all past and present supervisors, department heads and other colleagues,” Urtz said. “You have always treated me with kindness and respect. I sincerely appreciate having had the opportunity to work for the Madison County government for so many years. Many of you have become like family. I wish everyone good health, happiness and peace.Finally, I have worked with Emily Burns for several months and have complete confidence that she will successfully assume the role of Registrar on the Board of Supervisors.

“Cindy has been a huge role model and a vital part of the board office,” Burns said. “She has been nothing but kind and patient in teaching me and setting me up for success as I step into this new role. Cindy’s shoes will be extremely difficult to fill, but I will do my best to to live up to her example. We will all miss her dearly.”

Everyone in Madison County wished Cindy Urtz a happy retirement and hopes she can spend lots of time making memories with her husband, Doug, her two daughters, Nicole and Stephanie, and her four grandchildren. , Quinn, Janie, Mia and Jase.