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Upham, who arrived from Clatsop County, Ore., in 1987, postponed her retirement by a full year in order to train Rich Sill, the new human resources director.
“I feel like I’ve invested a lot of my time and energy in this organization, and I really want to see it be successful,” Upham said.
Commissioners presented Upham with a framed etching of the historic Clallam County Courthouse. Upham thanked all county employees and offered to lend her expertise in retirement.
Commissioner Mike Chapman said effective public servants like Upham cannot be replaced.
County Administrator Jim Jones said Upham has been the ultimate professional and a “voice of reason” since he started in March 2006.
Commissioner Mike Doherty said Upham’s management style improved the culture of county government.
“But I mostly remember Marge because over the years, seeing her walking her animals and chatting with neighbors, working in her garden, and then a month or so ago with their grandchildren — just a great human being,” Doherty said.
Sill, a former undersheriff and code-enforcement manager, was selected last March from a field of eight in-house candidates.
Commissioners Tuesday also recognized the volunteers of Streamkeepers, a citizen-based watershed-monitoring program, with a proclamation.
Since 1999, Streamkeepers volunteers have provided data for governmental and nongovernmental agencies for infrastructure planning, regulatory compliance, grant applications and citizen education, the county said.
Program coordinator Ed Chadd accepted the proclamation on behalf of the volunteers.
“I can’t express the gratitude I feel for being able to run a program with such amazing folks,” he said.
In Tuesday’s board action, commissioners:
■ Approved a $901,886 agreement with Clallam Public Defender to provide indigent defense services in 2013.
■ Approved a $30,000 agreement with the Clallam County Economic Development Council for economic development and employment opportunities.
■ Approved a $10,000 contract with the Clallam Bay-Sekiu Chamber of Commerce for promoting tourism.
■ Opened a $644,438 bid from Lakeside Industries of Port Angeles for hot-mix asphalt to be used this year.