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Wever departing City of Ripon to start own firm
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Sarah Wever goes over a site map for a development at her counter in the Building Department at Ripon City Hall.

Sarah Wever is retiring from the City of Ripon after 29 years to launch her own business processing building permits for residential, commercial and industrial development.

 Wever said there is a huge need for permit servicing to assist firms to avoid devoting staff time to make the applications for necessary permits for building projects.  She will not only be processing the permits but also doing all the initial paper work for submittal and following their project through to its completion.

Wever’s last day at city hall is set for March 28. She is launching her new service in July. 

Wever first worked in the small, wooden framed city hall that was originally a church building.  When she first started there was a receptionist in the building that also hosted the city council chambers that doubled as the courtroom for Judge Priscilla Haynes. The quarters were so cramped that when she slid away from her typewriter at her desk, she would bump into the chair of city treasurer Cheryl Deselle behind her.  The floor was anything but level and her chair would roll to the right with the advancing of her standard typewriter’s carriage return she rolled her chair back to the left, she recalled.  

City Planner Ernie Tyhurst and City Clerk Lynette Van Laar were the two who had interviewed her for the job.

When she has spare time, she loves to spend time with her grandchildren as well as read and oil paint landscape scenery as well as travel with her husband Larry.

Wever was born in Hawaii and moved to the Bay Area with her family at a young age. She has one sister and a brother.  She served as a volunteer police cadet (VIPS) for two years and served as treasurer for the Jaycees organization in Ripon for two years as well.  

She enjoys her involvement in a Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and semi-occasional Bunko games at a member’s home.  In high school in the Bay Area she loved her first step into the art world with a photography class.

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