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Sandra Sublett honored on retirement as Chatham’s clerk to the board

Posted Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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Pittsboro, NC - As Clerk to Chatham County’s Board of Commissioners for nearly 20 years, Sandra B. Sublett made friends with nearly everyone who crossed her path. Her enthusiasm and optimism proved to be valuable assets for a job that can be very challenging.

The Board of Commissioners honored Sublett with the adoption of a resolution during its meeting on Dec. 16, 2013 in the Historic County Courthouse. During the presentation, she received a standing ovation from all attendees.

"This resolution has a lot of flowery language with a lot of ‘therefores’ in it, but the truth of the matter is that no matter what it says, it can’t possibly say enough about how much she has meant to all commissioners who have ever served,” said Commissioner Chairman Walter Petty.

As the resolution notes, Sublett has served 22 different county commissioners, with far-ranging political views and backgrounds. During her tenure, the role of Clerk to the Board expanded substantially as the role of county boards evolved and as new state requirements impacted her job.

At the board meeting, Sublett expressed her appreciation. “I want to thank all the members of all the boards that I have served, the County Manager, county staff and the citizens for trusting me so long with this awesome responsibility. I sincerely appreciate the trust that everyone has placed in me and am grateful for the opportunity to be an to ambassador to one and all.”

County Manager Charlie Horne said, “Over the years, a couple of pages of minutes per meeting became dozens of pages of minutes. It’s not that she wanted to write up so many pages, but meetings became longer and covered more issues.”

Horne added, “Sandra is one of a kind. The very best kind of person you can have in a role like this. Her grace and humor got us through some tough meetings where patience and good manners were in short supply.”

Several commissioners noted that Sublett could put just about anyone at ease and moderate ill tempers. “She is hospitable to everyone, even when sometimes they have not earned it,” Chairman Petty said.

Human Resources Director Carolyn Miller became Sublett’s closest friend almost as soon as they met and the two are often inseparable.

Miller said, “Sandra’s personality is larger than life. When I decided to write a mystery novel based on a murder in the courthouse, there was never any question who the main character would be based on.”

At a separate event on Dec. 18, the Board of Commissioners presented Sublett with a framed collectible plate featuring a red cardinal in the snow. Sublett is known for collecting all kinds of items with red cardinals, a reflection of her love for Christmas, which is also her birthday.

Sublett looks forward to spending more time with her family, including her husband Mike, daughter Kristin Allen, and granddaughter Addisyn.

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