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Beck: 'I love Monroeville'

By JOE CENTERS • Jul 22, 2018 at 8:00 AM

MONROEVILLE — Bonnie Beck was named clerk of the year by the Ohio Municipal Clerks Association at a presentation made at the group’s annual meeting held Wednesday in Dublin.

Beck, fiscal officer for the village of Monroeville, has worked in the clerk-treasurer’s office since 1990.

“Oh my gosh, it means the world to me because I was selected by me peers,” Beck said Friday afternoon.

The Monroeville High School graduate has lived most of her life in the village. She said she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I love Monroeville,” she said with a big smile. “It is a tight-knit community and I love the smallness of it.”

This, in part, is the biography Beck provided the OMCA for the voting process.

“I started working in the clerk-treasurer’s office in 1990 on a part-time basis,” she wrote. “In 1993 I was appointed as a full-time office assistant and in 1995 I became the assistant clerk. When the clerk-treasurer resigned in 1997 I was appointed to that position and was formerly elected in 1999. In 2016 our council voted to change the elected clerk-treasurer’s position to an appointed fiscal officer’s position and that is the position I currently hold.

“In the midst of these years I was appointed a few times as acting interim village administrator when our village was between personnel for that position. I am also the income tax administrator, so guess what I’m doing in the month of April? Our village proudly owns its own water, sewer and electric distribution systems so I oversee the utility billing and collections as well.”

“Monroeville’s gem is the Huron River that runs through it. In fact, our logo is we’re ‘The Best Little Town by a Dam Site.’ This year is Monroeville’s sesquicentennial, so I have been working with that committee since the end of 2016 to help with the events to celebrate our history,” Beck said.

“My faith is unshakeable and has been my stronghold for many, many years. I grew up in a large family and I am blessed to still share this life with my beloved parents, who are 90 and 86 years old. They instilled in me and my siblings the foundation upon which my two sisters and four brothers have formed our own personal walk in faith. I have been blessed with my daughter, Katie, and my two beautiful granddaughters, Carolyn and Sherry, who keep me ‘young’ and active. I love the complexity and various challenges of my fiscal officer’s position. I look forward to retiring in a few years and enjoying the next chapter of my life.”

Making the award even more special is the fact Monroeville is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Does Beck’s award make the sesquicentennial celebration the second-best thing to happen in the village this year?

“No,” she said with a laugh. “This is a big year in the village and we have a big celebration scheduled in September.”

The event will be held Sept. 7 to 9.

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