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Ripon City Clerk stepping down
Van Laar retiring after 27 years with the city
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Ripon City Clerk Lynette Van Laar enjoys working her last council meeting on Tuesday. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

As City Clerk, Lynette Van Laar had a boatload of responsibilities.

She was the one in charge of producing the meeting agendas for the Ripon City Council, from mailing to subscribers to uploading the information on to the website.

Van Laar also handled the processing, recording and maintaining of all city administrator and city council agreements.

She maintained the database of all board and commission memberships, including keeping tabs on all of the various advisory groups and committees.

Come election time, Van Laar was the person in charge of administering the filing for all appointed and elected officials as identified in the Political Reform Act and the city’s Conflict of Interest Code.

After 27 years with the City of Ripon, she’s finally stepping down. Van Laar was praised for her services during Tuesday’s council meeting.

“I’ve enjoyed working here,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot working with council and did my best not to express my real opinion.”

Vice Mayor Chuck Winn was appreciative of the efforts from over the years by Van Laar.

“Thanks, Lynette, for guiding me through the raging waters,” he said. “You’ve been there to give me advice.

“Lynette, you leave us with some big shoes to fill.”

A noon reception is scheduled at Stouffer Hall on Thursday, June 27, honoring Van Laar and her years of service to the City of Ripon.

“She’s been an asset to the city from Day 1,” Councilman Elden ‘Red’ Nutt added.