ROGERS CITY - After 37 of working for Presque Isle County, Susan Rhode will retire from her position as county clerk at year's end.
Rhode, who is in her 16th year of serving as clerk, said she made the decision a few months ago and formally notified county commissioners on April 13. She cited health reasons as the cause for her decision to retire at the end of her term.
Rhode, 56, has no definite plans for retirement, besides catching up on things she didn't have time for when she was working, she said.
"House cleaning," she said, laughing.
After working for the county clerk's office for 21 years, Rhode became clerk after running for the position in 1996, she said.
"I decided maybe it was time for a change," she said.
She had been offered the job before when a previous clerk had resigned, but declined because she and husband Dennis were raising two small children at the time.
Rhode continued as clerk not only because she needed a job, but because she liked the one she has, she said.
"I enjoy the work that's associated with it," she said. "The office does such a wide variety of things that it's always interesting, and you're always learning something."
Specifically, Rhode said she enjoyed doing the county's general ledger, and working with numbers and budgets. She also liked working on elections.
Election night "can get pretty hairy sometimes, but I think we've got it pretty well under control," she said.
In addition to county clerk, Rhode also serves as clerk for 53rd Circuit Court and its Family and Juvenile Division, work she has always found interesting, she said.
Presque Isle County's voters will need to elect a new clerk, Rhode said, and the deadline to file as a candidate is May 15 at 4 p.m. Rhode said she's only aware of one candidate so far: Ann Marie Main, one of her deputy clerks.
Rhode said she is looking forward to retirement - more or less.
"But I do have mixed feelings," she said. "I went right from high school to working, and I've worked ever since. It's going to be a big change."
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