Friday marked the last official day of work for McHenry Township Supervisor Donna Schaefer, who is retiring from a 26-year tenure in local government.
Schaefer, 60, who has more than 10 years on the McHenry County Board under her belt in addition to 16 years as township supervisor, said the decision to retire had everything to do with her family.
The 60-year-old said it was time to spend more time with her 15-year-old daughter; her two sons, who both have had to deal with medical issues in the past; and her husband, who also is in the process of retiring.
A special board meeting was held earlier this month, during which trustee Craig Adams was appointed to fill the supervisor position.
"He's probably the longest serving trustee with the most experience," Schaefer said.
The appointment means Adams will finish out the township supervisor term, which doesn't end until 2017. By law, a new trustee also will have to be appointed to fill Adams' spot within the next 60 days, Schaefer said.
Adams, who said he has served as a trustee for a non-consecutive 12 years, is taking the job after working as a business development manager at Pioneer Center for 33 years.
He said his appointment seemed like a natural transition after dedicating so many years to serving on the McHenry Township Board of Trustees, but was quick to sing the praises of his predecessor.
"We're all very sorry to see Donna go," Adams said. "If I can do as good a job as she did, I'll consider it a success."
Schaefer said she would continue to go into the office after her last day to ensure a seamless transition, and help out until Adams can be there full time. His first full day as supervisor will be Dec. 29.