Dover council honors city clerk for 34 years of service

By Leann Schenke
Posted 7/28/21

DOVER — Ahead of her retirement, Traci McDowell was recognized by City Council for her 34 years of service to the city Monday.

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Dover council honors city clerk for 34 years of service

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DOVER — Ahead of her retirement, Traci McDowell was recognized by City Council for her 34 years of service to the city Monday.

“Working for the city has been the adventure of a lifetime,” Ms. McDowell said during this week’s council meeting.

Currently the city clerk, Ms. McDowell’s career with Dover began Aug. 3, 1987, when she was hired to serve as an administrative assistant in the Finance Department. It will end exactly 34 years later, on Tuesday.

She was appointed assistant city clerk and city treasurer May 11, 1998. She has served in her most recent role since May 17, 2006.

Council members unanimously approved a resolution honoring Ms. McDowell on Monday.

“Ms. McDowell has served in each of her positions with a high level of integrity and has been a model of professionalism who has met every new challenge head on,” the resolution read.

“She has dedicated her career to assisting elected officials to make certain that their constituents receive the help they need.”

In addition to her years of service, the city clerk was especially praised for her work during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure council meetings could be viewed and attended online.

City Council unanimously appointed Janella Tauchus to serve as interim city clerk, effective Aug. 4. Ms. Tauchus is currently employed as assistant city clerk.