Ploetner retires her pen following years of taking down history of fiscal court

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My Views by Thomas J. Barr, Publisher

 After over two decades of recording the sights and sounds and motions of Bullitt Fiscal Court members, Donna Ploetner can sit back and relax.

At the end of July, Ploetner will retire after 21 years in the county clerk’s office. Of that time, 20 years have been spent documenting the events of Bullitt Fiscal Court.

She followed in the footsteps of the late Nina Mooney, the county clerk who also helped to take minutes.

Ploetner also worked for the late Nora Jean Howlett McCawley and current clerk Kevin Mooney.

At the July 2 fiscal court meeting, Ploetner was honored.

County judge Melanie Roberts proclaimed July 5 as Donna Ploetner day in Bullitt County. That was her last official day in the office.

The various members of fiscal court had a resounding theme — if they needed to find something, Donna was the person to go to.

“It’s been a big part of my life,” Ploetner told the audience. “It’s been a pleasure.”

During her tenure as the official minute-taker of county government, Donna is the only one who can probably rival the number of times I banged my head on the wall after a meeting.

No matter her opinion of the craziness that sometimes invades the fiscal courtroom, she never lets her emotions show. Donna is always there smiling, trying to help.

Here’s hoping that Donna has a very long and healthy retirement.

It is a great loss when someone of her knowledge leaves government. But it is a retirement that she truly deserves.