After 31 years serving the public as an employee of the City of Fircrest, City Manager Susan Clough is ready to hand over the responsibility to someone new. Her final day with the city will be Dec. 19.
"I wish to voice my deepest appreciation to all the elected and appointed officials, staff, and residents who have supported me over these three decades," she said in a Sept. 2 letter to the City Council. "When I first moved to Fircrest in 1950, I never dreamed this would be my life. Many opportunities were afforded to advance my career in ‘my’ town and I will forever be grateful to those who believed in my abilities."
Since 1974, Clough has worked for the city as a temporary typist, receptionist, utility accountant, administrative assistant, city clerk, civil service commission chief examiner/secretary, planning commission secretary, risk manager, assistant city manager, acting city manager, interim city manager, secretary/treasurer of the Pierce County cities and Towns Association, and city manager.
"To all those wonderful people who lead by example being honest, consistent, flexible and ethical, I say thank you," she said in her letter. "To elected officials who took the time to learn and understand their role and responsibilities, did the homework, fostered teamwork, recognized the importance of integrity, made tough decisions for the common good rather than individual interest, placed the highest value on employees and their well being, and always treated others with respect and professional courtesy, I applaud you. To employees who excel in customer service and are dedicated and conscientious professionals, I acknowledge your integral part in making Fircrest the ideal place to live, work and play. Fircrest is Americana at its finest with a rich history and immense potential. It has been an honor to be a part of that history."