Longtime Ontario County board clerk says goodbye

Eighty-seven supervisors. Six chairmen of the board. Five county administrators.

And one last day for Karen DeMay, who retired Friday as clerk of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisors recognized DeMay Thursday night during her last board meeting, at which she also was recognized for her years of service by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and state Sen. Pam Helming. Many others said their goodbyes and offered well wishes at her retirement party Friday.

Board Chairman Jack Marren, in a sentiment echoed by other supervisors, said DeMay dealt with many elected officials and was able to have a calming effect on all of them, himself included. She also has treated everyone with the utmost respect and courtesy.

“I have always found Karen to be highly professional,” Marren said.

DeMay started with the county in 1973 as a typist. She was appointed deputy clerk to the Board of Supervisors in 1992, and held the position for 10 years.

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