York County Clerk Kelly Turner Announces Upcoming Retirement

YORK — After 10 years as York County Clerk — and before that, many years as a staff member in the Clerk’s Office and as his deputy — Kelly Turner has announced her plans to retire.

The matter was discussed at this week’s York County Commission meeting.

Turner became county clerk in February 2014, following the retirement of former clerk Cynthia Heine. She has not had an opposing candidate since then and is currently halfway through her four-year term.

“I started working in the county clerk’s office in 2003,” Turner says, “so it’ll be 21 years in September.”

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Turner says Aug. 1 will be her last day as county secretary.

“It’s time,” Turner said of her decision to retire. “Everyone says you’ll just know when it’s time, and that’s what happened for me. I made this decision with great consideration. I’ve enjoyed my many years here working for York County, and we have a great staff in the Clerk’s Office, so it will be a smooth transition.”

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She said she is very proud of the people who work with her, saying their vast knowledge of the many duties of the clerk’s office — as well as those related to elections and deed recording — will allow the county’s important work to continue smoothly.

The County Council accepted her resignation and a letter announcing her decision to retire, thanking her for her many years of service to Yorkshire.

“We don’t have to act, but I think we should act to start the process of appointing a successor,” York County Commission Chairman Randy Obermier said during Tuesday’s county council meeting. “We’ll open the position, but we won’t fill it until her last day, which is already here.”

After their official acceptance, the process of appointing her successor has begun. Commissioners will accept applications, conduct interviews and appoint a new official.

“We’ll start asking for applications by the end of the month; we’ll hold interviews here, at the first meeting in August, publicly, as we always do,” Obermier explained. “I’ve been here 10 years, Jack (Sikes) has been here longer. I’ve always worked with Kelly, and I have to say that people think of the clerk’s office as one-sided, but it’s really a lot of different roles. It’s really a dumping ground for the county, and as chairman, I’ve seen it all. York County had the right person in this position for many years, and now, unfortunately, we’re going to lose that person. But we’re confident that we’re going to do the right thing, and we want to thank Kelly for her years of service. We don’t want you to go, but we’re happy for you.”

“We’re going to miss you here,” Commissioner Daniel Grotz told Turner, “but we also want to thank you for everything you’ve done over the years.”

Whoever is appointed as the new official will fill Turner’s current four-year term, which, as previously said, is halfway through. The position will be up for election in 2026.