Lewis has lived in the Chesterton/Porter area virtually all of her life; and
Lewis began her career as a dedicated, exemplary office clerk on Jan. 1,
1989, eventually becoming a deputy clerk-treasurer for Chesterton long-time
clerk-treasurer, Gayle Polakowski; and
“Whereas in recent
years Joanne took it upon herself to go above and beyond the call of duty in
the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office during very difficult times; and
deep love for the Town of Chesterton is also reflected in the fact that she
attended evening board meetings, special meetings, and any other
extracurricular activity she was asked to perform without additional
compensation. Joanne simply considered these matters an extension of her
day-to-day duties on behalf of the Office of the Chesterton Clerk-Treasurer;
“Whereas Joanne has
been married to her husband, Dwight, for over 20 years, having four grown
children and four grandchildren. Upon her retirement on March 31, 2014,
Joanne plans to spend time with friends and family and enjoy watching her
“It is hereby
proclaimed by the Chesterton Town Council as follows:
“In recognition of
her exemplary service to the Town of Chesterton and her community, an
example she sets for all, the Chesterton Town Council hereby proclaims April
11, 2014, to be ‘Joanne Lewis Day’ in the Town of Chesterton, which
coincidentally is also her birthday.”
After its vote on
Monday, members and attendees rose to their feet and gave Lewis a standing
honored for service
They’ve worked for
the Town of Chesterton for 205 combined years.
And at the Town
Council’s meeting Monday night, they were honored for their longevity.
Town Manager Bernie
Doyle presented each with a plaque commemorating an employment landmark:
* Mark Lynk, Street
Department, 25 years.
* Gayle Polakowski,
former Clerk-Treasurer, 25 years.
* Rick Fancher,
Building Department, 25 years.
* Sgt. Charles
Rinker, Police Department, 20 years.
* Bruce Mathias,
currently superintendent, Park Department, 20 years.
* Paul Williams,
Utility, 20 years.
* Sgt. Randy
Komisarcik, Police Department, 15 years.
* Dave Cincoski,
currently chief, Police Department, 15 years.
* Capt. Aimee
Gilbert, Fire Department, 10 years.
* Lt. Steve Himan,
Fire Department, 10 years.
* Griffin Baltz,
Park Department, 10 years.
* Clint Ihler,
Utility, 10 years.