County commissioners met Monday, November 18 to discuss county matters, including the retirement of Debbie Beasley.
Beasley has been with the Circuit Court as the clerk for a number of years. After her retirement was announced, she addressed commissioners.
“I love my job,” she said. “I love the fact that the people of this county have entrusted me with this job for all these years.”
She also expressed her love for Lake County. “This county has made me who I am.”
Commissioners and other officials present praised Beasley for her dedication and commitment to the job.
“I’ve known [Beasley] myself for 32 years,” said Lake County Mayor Denny Johnson. “I treasure her friendship. I treasure the work she’s done for this county.”
After hearing from Beasley, commissioners and others present took a moment to hug her and express their appreciation for her years of service to the county.
Beasley cited a desire to spend more time with her family as the reason for her retirement. Her retirement will be effective December 31.
The Lake County Commission will meet December 4 to appoint a successor to serve until the next general election, which will take place August 2020.
Commissioners also discussed a few other items during the meeting, including the EMS report. Although collections for Lake County EMS were down for a while, they have been up the past couple of months.
Chief Deputy Joe Vernon gave the sheriff’s report. During the report he told commissioners the department is looking to hire a new deputy.
Mayor Johnson informed commissioners that the recently completed energy project is on track for saving the school district money. The project entailed replacing some fixtures with energy efficient equipment. The cost of the project is covered by the schools’ savings on utility bills. As a result of the project, the school district has saved between $3,500 and $7,000 each month, putting the district on track for expected savings.
There is a lot behind the Lake County Jail that is approximately half an acre. The lot will soon be up for sale, and commissioners were told Sheriff Bryan Avery recommends the county purchasing it. After learning that the county could likely purchase the land for a good price, commissioners approved county officials negotiating the purchase.