As this is Women's History Month, it is with great honor that this month's LAGERS' Retiree Spotlight shines on the second and longest serving female commissioner in Ste. Genevieve County's history, Linda Hermann. Linda began her career in St. Genevieve County in 1978 in the county treasurer's office. She eventually made the move to the county clerk's office and even did a two year stint in the sheriff's office as a dispatcher. From there Linda served her community as the District 1 Commissioner of Ste. Genevieve County for 10 years. Today, Ste. Genevieve County maintains a strong female presence in its elected offices. Perhaps Linda helped a little in paving the way for these women.
My career as a public servant
I worked for the City of Maplewood as a Firefighter/EMT. I started there on Nov. 16, 1985 and retired on Nov.16, 2016. It was the best and most enjoyable time of my life. It was always a great feeling to walk through the engine bay every morning at the beginning of each shift and say a quiet prayer asking for strength, courage and endurance to push through any situation and to find and help those in need.
We recently sent out a call asking you to share with us what you have been doing lately. As a retiree, the last few months have affected you, and others like you, in a very unique way. Take a look and see what a few of your fellow retirees have been doing!
Some people start a new life of sorts after they retire. Most public servants who have served their communities for years move on to other endeavors that allow them to continue to serve the public a different way while still retaining the joie de vivre of the retired life. That’s the case with LAGERS Retiree Robert Gomer, who enjoyed over 25 years working for Mid-Continent Public Library in the Kansas City area. I had the pleasure of interviewing him for this Retiree Spotlight.
Normally, when thinking about a city administrator from Missouri, you don’t rush to the thought of a band rocking it in Isesaki, Japan. But, then again, perhaps Mike MacPherson isn’t your typical city administrator.
After a long-time career serving her community as a Juvenile Officer in St. Charles County, Patricia (Pat) Wahler took the retirement plunge and has forged a new path for herself. Her passion for writing has lead to an award-winning second career as an author.
Pat explains, “Although I’d previously had short pieces published in a number of venues, including the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, I wanted to devote more time to establishing myself as a full-time writer.” And that is exactly what she has done.
One of the most common questions members ask at Pre-Retirement Seminars is ‘what is the average cost of living adjustment LAGERS retirees receive each year?’