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Retiring Madison County clerk celebrated for longtime service to public

Posted 8/11/22

After 37 years as clerk to the Madison County Board of Supervisors, the woman who people refer to as “a walking encyclopedia,” Cindy Urtz, is retiring.

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Retiring Madison County clerk celebrated for longtime service to public

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WAMPSVILLE — After 37 years as clerk to the Madison County Board of Supervisors, the woman who people refer to as “a walking encyclopedia,” Cindy Urtz, is retiring.

Urtz, who has served as clerk since October 1985, ran her final board of supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9. At the end of the meeting, the board passed a resolution appointing Emily Burns, the current deputy clerk, to the clerk’s position.

Following her graduation from Oneida High School, Urtz started at the Madison County Department of Motor Vehicles in 1976. She began working in the board of supervisors as a typist shortly after that and trained under Celia Paone — who she replaced as clerk to the board in 1985.

“With 46 years of service to Madison County, it is no wonder people say she knows the answer to everything,” officials said.

During her tenure, Urtz worked with five chairmen and 110 supervisors. She has not only seen supervisors come and go, but a lot of change out of what some consider to be one of the best window views at the Madison County complex.

She watched many changes occur to the county’s building campus, including the construction of the veteran’s building from 1987 to 1989 and the court house renovation that was completed in 2019.

When asked, Urtz said one of the biggest changes she witnessed was that of technology. When she began, typewriters and carbon paper were used — and now she retires in a digital world where resolutions are now emailed and supervisors can pull them up on their own laptops.

Over the years, Urtz has witnessed and been part of some hard events like the train derailment in Wampsville, the tornado in Smithfield, the Labor Day storm in 1998, and most recently COVID-19. Through the years and events both good and bad, Urtz believes the Madison County government has become more efficient in how it operates.

“Cindy has not only been an asset to the Board of Supervisors, but all of Madison County for the past 46 years,” said Madison County Board Chairman John Becker. “It is hard to believe that she will no longer be by my side at our Board meetings, or lending an ear to anyone who sits in the chair across from her desk. She will be greatly missed and the County is losing a huge wealth of knowledge and kindness. When they call her the walking encyclopedia, she really is, Cindy knows everything, or at least how to find out the answers. We wish her all the best in retirement.”

“Thank you to all of the supervisors, department heads, and other co-workers past and present,” said Urtz. “You have always treated me with kindness and respect. I sincerely appreciate having had the opportunity to work for Madison County Government for so many years. Many of you have become like family. I wish everyone good health, happiness and peace. Lastly, I’ve been working with Emily Burns for several months and I am totally confident that she will successfully take on the role of Clerk to the Board of Supervisors.”

“Cindy has been a huge role model and a staple in the Board of Supervisors Office,” said Burns. “She has shown nothing but kindness and patience by teaching me and setting me up for success as I step into this new role. Cindy’s shoes will be extremely hard to fill, but I will do my best to live up to her example. We are all going to miss her dearly.”

Everyone at Madison County wished Cindy Urtz a happy retirement and hoped she is able to spend plenty of time making memories with her husband, Doug, her two daughters, Nicole and Stephanie, and her four grandchildren, Quinn, Janie, Mia, and Jase.

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