LANCASTER — Garrard County Clerk Stacy May will retire Sept. 1.
May announced her plans Monday night during an executive session of Garrard Fiscal Court, said Judge-Executive John Wilson. She plans to spend more time with her grandchildren, twins who are now almost 6 months old.
May has worked in the clerk’s office for 32 years and has been clerk since 2003.
“I’ve been praying about this decision for quite a while,” May said today. “But I think this is the Lord’s timing. I really want to be there for my grandbabies.”
Over the years, May’s responsibilities have included issuing marriage licenses as well as handling voter information, motor vehicle registrations and licensing, and land records.
During her entire tenure of service, no one has ever contested election results that she supervised, which is a rarity in most parts of the country, Wilson said.
“It is sad to see her go because she’s been such a fixture at the courthouse and such an asset to our community,” Wilson said. “Every year, she turned over a surplus of operating funds to Fiscal Court because she managed the department’s budget so well.”
May said she will miss the people with whom she interacts on a daily basis.
“I always loved my job,” May said. “I’ve met so many different people through this work.”
Wilson plans to appoint Kevin Montgomery, Garrard election deputy, to fill May’s post. Montgomery has been an integral part in helping the county update its voting technology.
May’s term would have expired in January 2014. Montgomery will finish the term and then need to run for election.