“Loyal” city clerk retires after 32 years with the city

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City clerk Cliff Skauge is seen with a joke sign the city made for him to commemorate his retirement on Thursday. 

Most people count down the days they have left until retirement, but for city clerk Cliff Skauge, retiring after 32 years was a difficult decision to make.

 

“My heart is in the city,” Skauge said during his final day at City Hall on Thursday.

“I love the city and believe me, it’s one of the hardest days of my life today, no doubt about that.”

“Cliff is one of the most loyal employees that I’ve ever dealt with,” Mayor Greg Dionne said. “He protects council to make sure … that we follow the process.

“My only complaint that I do have about Cliff is that he’d never go home when I told him. He works seven days a week for the City of Prince Albert, and we’re going to miss him.”

Skauge started his career as an accounting clerk in the water department in 1976.

“The city allowed me to take the local government administration course, and that’s led me through to where I am today,” he said, noting that the city has been supportive of career advancement since he started.

He left the city to work as administrator for the Shellbrook Hospital in 1991, returning to the city in 1997.

He was promoted to the assistant clerk position in 1998, was named acting city clerk in 2003 and was made permanent city clerk in 2005.

As city clerk, he’s been charged with linking the public with city council as well as safeguarding official records and looking after civic elections as the city’s returning officer.

My only complaint that I do have about Cliff is that he’d never go home when I told him. He works seven days a week for the City of Prince Albert, and we’re going to miss him. Greg Dionne

“It needs to be done with integrity, and you need to be able to make sure a fair, due process takes place in terms of an election,” he said, proud to note that since he took over the city clerk position in 2003 there have been no recounts.

While he said that retiring has proven no easy decision to make, now’s the time.

“My family’s been sort of pressuring me for the last two or three years that when 65 comes to make that step,” he said. “I do turn 65 on April 19, and I am going to honour that commitment to my family.”

Reflecting on the career and family he’s built for himself in the Prince Albert area over the last few decades, Skauge said that he couldn’t imagine having done it anywhere else.

“Is there any place else to live?” he asked with a smirk, adding that with the bulk of his family in Prince Albert, he plans on remaining in the area.

The city has appointed assistant city clerk Sherry Person as city clerk on an interim basis until the city’s elected officials assign someone to the position on a permanent basis. 

Organizations: Shellbrook Hospital

Geographic location: Prince Albert

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  • Marlene Bear
    March 21, 2014 - 11:08

    Happy retirement, Mr. Skauge. You certainly deserve to relax. You have done a marvellous job and I'm sure the City of Prince Albert will miss you!