Birdseye’s veteran clerk-treasurer leaving

From local sources

BIRDSEYE — Clerk-treasurer Donna King, who initially filed for May’s primary, has withdrawn her name after deciding that almost a quarter century of service is enough.

King, 55, will pass the 24-year mark in the clerk-treasurer’s office in October.

She was appointed clerk-treasurer and assumed duties Oct. 1, 1990, after the woman who formerly held the post resigned as she finished college. King defeated a Republican challenger in the fall of 1991 and was not challenged again until a 2010 town convention that saw her defeat Democrat challenger Clyde Huff by a single vote: 39-38.

Another Democrat, Brittany Schepers, has filed for clerk-treasurer.

On Oct. 14, King suffered injuries in a serious automobile crash in Putnam County. She did not miss any Birdseye Town Council meetings, but the crash and her recovery factored into her decision to step away.

“This wreck made me step back and take a look at life,” she said today from town hall. “I’ve always done what was best for the town but now I must do what is best for me.”

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