Angie Bruce honored at retirement

Kathryn SwanJ-C Correspondent
Angie Bruce honored at retirement

After 32 years of public service, retiring Court Clerk Angie Bruce is not saying goodbye. She prefers instead to say, “I’ll see you later. I still want to know what’s going on. So, I plan to attend the weekly commissioners’ meeting along with City Council.

Friday was Bruce’s day to play but was also an emotional event. She started her career under Helen Christensen. When Helen retired, Bruce served as bookkeeper and First Deputy for Sharon Casebolt. Bruce was appointed Court Clerk in 2004 and has been re-elected to three four-year terms. “I prayed so hard that I wouldn’t be a ball baby today,” said Bruce. Throughout the day Bruce was greeted by well wishers, including her parents, Doyle and Francis Altaffer.

When asked what was the first thing she planned to do, she replied “Just be on my own time. Monday morning I plan to attend Jennifer’s (Burd) swearing in ceremony.” Retirement will allow Bruce to enjoy her home and the couple’s two cocker spaniels, Chloe and Roo. “I don’t mind helping Bill with the cattle,” said Bruce. “I did tell him he may want to think about upping his feed quota for this year as I tend to overfeed at times. It’s not intentional, it just happens.”

As for her job, Bruce said “I’m leaving the office in good hands. I don’t think folks will see any major changes. The County has been good to me. The people in the County have been good to me. I’m going to miss them. I love Osage County.”

Bruce is looking forward to this new chapter in her life and opportunities where she can give back to the community she loves so much. “There’s a lot of volunteer work and, who knows, as much as I enjoy working with the public, I may consider re-entering the work force.”

During her retirement party, Judge John Kane presented Bruce with a Judicial Commendation for her stellar career as Court Clerk, exemplary service, independent public relations, technical knowledge and exceptional professionalism. “Angie Bruce has been a constant source of assistance to judges and all those who come before them,” noted Judge Kane. “She will be missed both as a model public servant and as a dear friend to all who have had the privilege of working with her.”

District 2 County Commissioner Scott Hilton presented Bruce with an engraved clock from the commissioners and elected officials. Her successor, Jennifer Burd, presented her with a Brighton cross necklace from her office staff. In thanking those in attendance, Bruce tearfully said, “You guys are my work family and I will miss you. A lot of my success was due to my amazing staff, couldn’t have asked for better.”