The Edmond Sun

December 26, 2012

100 gather for city clerk's farewell

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — City Clerk Nancy Nichols said she will miss the people she sees on a daily basis when retiring this month from the City of Edmond.

Carl Reherman was Edmond’s mayor when Nichols was hired as deputy city clerk in 1984. A gathering of about 100 friends, relatives and city leaders on Thursday was designed to thank Nichols for her dedicated service.

“We’ve always had a great council and great leadership,” Nichols said. “I’m really going to miss you all. Thank you. Merry Christmas.”

City leaders put the needs and wishes of its citizens first, Nichols said. People appreciate the city’s infrastructure management as well as public art.

Nichols said she will continue to lobby for the city on a contract basis. And she will become a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in Oklahoma County.

“She taught me everything I know about the city clerk’s office,” said Betty Brinkman, deputy city clerk. “When I came there I had never even worked for the city.” Nichols has been a good teacher, said Brinkman, who was hired in July 1987. Customer satisfaction is another talent Nichols was happy to share, Brinkman said.

Nichols was wearing a colorful leg cast acquired during her recent trip to Florida, a trip that was meant to be a retirement present to herself.

Mitzi Hancuff said Nichols has always had the city’s best interests at heart. Her service as a lobbyist for the city at the state Capitol always has been professional, Hancuff said.

“I’ll miss her in the circle here but I know she will still be around and I wish her the very best,” Hancuff said.

Mayor Charles Lamb described Nichols as versatile, professional and adaptable. Most people would credit Nichols for securing $10 million that the city recouped in Arcadia Lake debts, Lamb said, before presenting to her a State of Oklahoma citation.

In her early years, Nichols also handled marketing for the City of Edmond.

“I’ll never look at an Edmond Electric logo without remembering the discussions we had about improving that logo,” Lamb said. | 341-2121