Clerk Theresa Nagel retires after almost 38 years with Lassen County
She began her career on March 3, 1969, as a collections clerk for the Lassen County treasurer and tax collector, according to a proclamation commending Nagel the Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted at its Tuesday, Dec. 19 meeting.
On July 1, 1982, Nagel became assistant treasurer and tax collector. On Nov. 4, 1986, she was elected Lassen County Clerk and was sworn in to office on Dec. 2 the same year.
She was reelected in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002.
“Did you have a lot of people running against you?” District 1 Supervisor Bob Pyle asked.
“The first time, yeah,” Nagel answered.
She conducted more than 40 elections and was the first to turn in election results statewide on three separate occasions.
Nagel also served as county recorder, registrar of voters and clerk to the board of supervisors, generally answered her own phone, “and until July 1, 1994, was clerk of the superior court.”
She was also active in state associations; she served as a director of the County Clerk’s Association of California, area chair of the Northern California County Clerk’s Association and the secretary of state’s statewide database committee.
She also served on the Richmond School Board, various offices with Soroptimists International of Susanville and was treasurer of the Lassen Grizzlies Soccer Boosters for 12 years.
District 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman said, “If there ever was a sixth member of the board, they used to think it was Jackie Fuller. I say it’s really Theresa Nagel.”
He added Nagel excelled and also said one of the best testimonies to the success of a department head is the staff he or she assembles.
“She was good at getting a lot of people who also excel to join her to make her office good,” he said. “When you talk about all the praise for her office, I think it’s well deserved, but it’s also something that should be recognized is the staff that she cherry-picked from all the other offices and brought to the clerk’s office.”
“You’re only as good as your staff makes you look,” Nagel agreed.
County Clerk-elect Julie Bustamante said, “Job well done. You should be very proud. You’ve done an excellent job. We’re all very proud of you and we’re going to miss you.”
County staff plan a retirement dinner for Nagel at the Susanville Elks Lodge starting with a no-host bar at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12. For ticket information contact Cindy O’Rourke, 251-8437, or Susan Osgood, 251-8427, at the county clerk’s office.
Those who are unable to attend the dinner have a chance to stop by an open house at the clerk’s office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29.
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